By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. Hebrews 11:7
We find Noah’s story in Genesis 6 – 9. Can you even imagine the ridicule, insult, and pain Noah endured as he acted on The Word he had received from God? We need to put Noah’s story in the context of the following Scriptures:
“The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:5-8).”
Scriptures like these remind me of the abundant grace and mercy of the True and Living God in the face of today’s world. I mean we have great evidence of the wickedness of man and evil thoughts and actions in this generation as well. Just turn on the television. Sin, rebellion, transgression, pride, lust and greed abound. As believers, we sometimes shake our heads, think this world is beyond repair, and want to just wait on the Lord. Surely, He is coming soon!
BUT GOD…verse 5 says THE WICKEDNESS OF MAN WAS GREAT IN THE EARTH, EVERY INTENTION OF THE THOUGHTS OF MAN’S HEART WAS “ONLY EVIL” “CONTINUALLY.”
My, my, my!!! Only evil…continually! And yet Noah stayed in faith. Faithfully doing was the Lord had given him to do. He had not seen rain in his life much less a storm (events as yet unseen), and probably didn’t understand it all. ‘God said it’ was enough for Noah and he spent 120 years (Genesis 6:3) completing the work God had given him in reverent fear. All the while an evil and wicked people rebelled against God, Noah kept doing what thus said the Lord.
Noah’s faith not only saved him but influenced his family and they were saved as well. His faith was lived out in obedient, reverential fear of the Lord. Noah’s faith condemned the world as he warned the people of God coming judgment and they ignored his message. The world’s rejection of his message did not cause Noah to not believe or cast away his confidence in the Lord and God and he “became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”
Noah’s story reminds me of 1 Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” God calls His children to “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong (1 Corinthians 16:13).”
May it be said of each of us who have confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior what God said about Noah:
‘This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God (Genesis 6:9).”
Father, the Great God I AM, I praise Your Holy Name…may this be true of us and our families, one by one. Nothing is too hard for you. Help us to walk with you in faith and obedience and be a light to those who do not You. In Jesus Name, Amen!