How would I respond if God asked me to build a gigantic boat in my back yard while my neighbors ridiculed me for my foolishness?
Would I willingly bring my entire family onto this boat filled with wild animals and poisonous reptiles?
Would I complain as the rain fell continuously for 40 days with the boat rocking wildly as it was lifted on the water high over the mountains?
How would I feel as the world as I knew it was wiped out below me? Fearful? Worried?
It took the waters 150 days to recede. 5 months. Would I be calm as the boat now rocked down and down and down….to whatever was left below me? Would I be anxious? Scared?
After spending over a year on this boat, would I feel ready to face what was coming as the it once again settled on land? Would I be happy to get off the boat? Concerned about what I was going to find when the door opened?
I wonder how Noah felt when all of this actually happened to him?
As I read this historical account in chapters 6, 7 and 8 of the Bible, all God ultimately tells me is ‘God said, Noah did.’ It’s clear that Noah trusted God through every step of this monumental struggle. And when he finally got off the boat, the first thing he did was build an altar and make a sacrifice to honor God.
Noah’s faithfulness inspires me.
His perseverance amazes me.
His level of trust in God challenges me.
It’s awesome to know that the God who guided Noah, loved Noah and provided for Noah is the same God who guides me, loves me and provides for me.
God always keeps his promises.
Thank you, Abba Father.