â€œBy faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.â€ â€” Hebrews 11:7
Quit often, our Lord requests His children to engage in assignments that seem to make no sense at all. Perhaps, it is a problem that we have never dealt with before. Perhaps, it is getting ready for a problem that we have never run into before. One of the most profound examples from such categories was Noah, by faith built the ark. His example is profound both in the circumstances that he faced, as well as the extent of the impact of his faithful response. The tremendous sinfulness of human race was the venue. â€œThen the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continuallyâ€ â€” Genesis 6:5. A global flood would be humankindâ€™s deserved punishment. â€œSo the LORD said, â€˜I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earthâ€¦I Myself am bringing the flood of waters on the earthâ€™â€ â€” Genesis 6:7, Genesis 6:17. Noah was an righteous man who lived in close companionship with the Lord. He would be graciously delivered. â€œBut Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORDâ€¦Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with Godâ€ â€” Genesis 6:8-9.
To build an ark for a monumental flood must have appeared absurd in a world that had never experienced such a phenomenon. Nevertheless, Noah fully accepted this divine caution, even though he had never perceived what God was forewarning about. â€œBy faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seenâ€¦prepared an ark.â€ His faithful compliance was motivated by awed respect for the Lord and for all of His commandments: â€œmoved with godly fear.â€
The sacrifice of his work of faith were extensive. His own family was saved: â€œprepared an ark for the saving of his household.â€ By Noahâ€™s godly trust, the rest of the world was condemned for their ungodliness and unbelief: â€œby which he condemned the world.â€ Noah himself became numbered among those who illustrate that the Lordâ€™s righteousness is received by trusting Him: â€œand became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.â€ Additionally, he became a reminder of being ready for the return of the Lord. â€œBut as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man beâ€ (Matthew 24:37).
Prayer: Dear Lord, please teach me to respond in faith, as Noah did, whenever You call me to a perplexing assignment. Also, as impending judgment awaits the growing worldwide ungodliness, help me to proclaim Christ as the present ark of rescue, while eagerly anticipating His return, Amen.