Noah and The Genesis Flood
The biblical account of Noah and the flood is incredible in so many ways. The event itself is so fantastic that many people don’t believe it happened as the Bible describes it. The idea of a worldwide flood is so incredible that some say the biblical account is wrong, that it was a local flood. If you’d like to see some of the fascinating evidence for a global flood, click here.
Today I don’t want to talk about the flood but about Noah, the man of God at the center of the story. Most of us have heard the flood story so many times that it has ceased to amaze us. That’s a shame because there are many amazing aspects of the flood story. One of the most amazing is Noah’s faith. Here are five different ways we can see how Noah had amazing faith.
The Amazing Faith of Noah
- He accepted God’s plan. How would you have reacted if God told you He was going to destroy every living creature on the earth, except you and your wife and kids? Would you have believed it? Hebrews 11:7 tells us he responded with reverent fear. Are you afraid to trust God?
- He acted on God’s plan. He had to do something no one had ever done, build a huge boat. No doubt God told him how to do it. It was still hard work! Have you not obeyed God because it was just too much work to do so?
- He didn’t give up on God’s plan. We don’t know how long it took to build the ark but it had to be years! How many times do you think Noah thought, “Did God really tell me to do this or was I dreaming? Did I misunderstand Him?” Do you ever think that?
- He endured God’s plan. There’s no indication Noah and his family knew they would be spending a year in the ark. That was probably a good thing. Can you imagine the smell after just one day? How about the noise of all those animals? Obeying God does not mean we won’t endure hardship.
- He fulfilled God’s plan. God’s plan was to start over with a godly man. The first thing Noah did when he came out of the ark was worship! Genesis 8:20 What a wonderful example of how we should respond when God brings us through difficult times!
Genesis 6:22 says, “Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.”
God calls each of us to be like Noah and walk by faith. Hebrews 11:6 tells us without faith it is impossible to please God! The challenge for each of us is to walk each day by faith. I think we all want to please God but we can’t do that without faith. What did you trust God for yesterday? Today is a new day and a new opportunity to trust God. Especially if it’s raining!