When I hear the name Noah, the first thought that comes to mind is that he was the builder of the ark. Although this is true, Noah was much more—he was the only righteous man living on Earth. Because of Noah’s unwavering faith in God, God spared all living animals, Noah, and his family (eight people), and the planet itself. Can you even imagine living in a world where EVERYONE is evil to their core? How did Noah remain faithful? He walked closely with God.
8 But Noah found favor with the Lord. 9 This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on the earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.
It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.
Noah’s righteousness did not come from his character or self-control; it was his faith. Faith resides in your mind and heart but shows up in your walk with God. Even though experience was against the probability that the flood would occur, Noah was faithful. He left convention behind and embraced adventure as he followed the Lord’s commands.
During the weekend services, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder interviewed Nathan Cook, a participant on the show Naked and Afraid. He was dropped off in a jungle with nothing, not even the clothes on his back. He left everything behind to go on an adventure of survival.
In contrast, the adventure on which Noah embarked involved risk and had no guarantee of success, but he simply obeyed God. What did Noah leave behind? At the onset, he left the comfort of his daily routine to undertake the back-breaking task of building the ark. Once on the ark, he then left behind the comforts of his home, the conveniences of having necessities at his fingertips, and the control of everything he knew thus far in his life. By accepting the invitation to step into a bold and risky adventure Noah experienced something very meaningful and significant. Noah’s adventure was like no other and allowed him to experience God’s faithfulness and saving grace in an amazing way.
Would you go on an adventure like Nathan? Would you go on an adventure like Noah? Was your response different? If so, why?
Dear Father in Heaven, give me wisdom to be like Noah. Thank you for the rainbow as a sign of your covenant to Christ followers. Thank you for sending your Son to die on the cross for my sins. Help me to seek out unbelievers so I can introduce them to the life-changing adventure with you! In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Jennifer Macke. Jenn has a son, daughter, granddaughter, and grandson, and she thanks God every day for them. She is enjoying retirement and feels blessed to be writing for LivingItOut. She was raised in an Evangelical Church, but her spiritual life awakened when she started attending CedarCreek.
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