Would YOU do it?
Stop & abandon EVERYTHING that fills your normal routine; quit your day job and do the crazy thing? Well, that is just what this one man did, without question. Without argument. Without hesitation. Genesis 6 tells us that God came to Noah and told him that the earth was filled with too much violence and He is going to destroy the people and the earth; He told Noah to build an ark to save his family.
“Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD….Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.” Genesis 6:8 & 9. Can you imagine what it might be like to be found in God’s favor! Can you imagine what it might feel like to be considered blameless among all the other many, many people around you!
So what was Noah’s response?
“By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.” (Hebrews 11:7a) “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:22).
What faith Noah had!
He was so in tune with God… so in sync… he accepted the insanely crazy job asked of him and did it exactly as he was told. Noah listened and obeyed. That simply.
Talk about close walking with God!
I imagine Noah suffered criticism, and antagonistic jeering….perhaps persecution even…known as the “crazy lunatic” in town(?). Yet, it also seems obvious that none of that matter to him. He was confident in his actions because he had such a strong faith in God. Olive leaves seem appropriate to represent Noah. We know that Noah did successfully build the ark and that the flood and destruction did come upon the people and the earth. We know that after the flood a dove brought back an olive branch as a sign that the waters were dissipating and soon Noah and his family could get back onto dry land.
Olive leaves represent the promise upheld by God; the reward of listening, obeying, and walking close with Him. God saved Noah’s family.
We can see clearly that Enoch, Abel, and Noah each enjoyed a close and intimate walk with God and each were seen as righteous men, standing out from the others around them. We see that God often asks His people to do things IN faith and, despite the cost of walking in faith, God always has a faithful response.
To Enoch, he gave eternal fellowship in heaven and spared him the suffering that goes along with dying.
To Abel, he spoke well of him and he gave him a legacy.
To Noah, he saved Noah & his family from destruction and gave them the honor of starting the human race afresh.
I love the pattern of God’d faithfulness!
No matter what He calls us to do in faith…no matter what it might cost us…He always has a faithful response and rewards us for our faith in HIM.
I am left desiring a closer walk with God…aren’t you?
Walk the Walk : “Expressions” – Part IV posting tomorrow.