It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith. Hebrews 11:7
Obedience ever difficult for anyone else? Often times we understand the benefit of obedience to a certain command and it’s STILL hard right!! …but think of Noah whom God warned about things that had NEVER happened before and he chose obedience in faith!
How obedient are we willing to be when the command makes no sense to us? Or maybe when we can even think of at least 10 reasons (excuses) why we might even be able to validate our disobedience or at least delayed obedience (which really is the same thing as disobedience right.)
Looking back in Genesis at the record of Noah’s story I see in chapter 6 verse 20 that God Himself was going to provide for His command… Noah was to fill the boat with all kinds of animals and in verse 20 here it states that they, WILL COME TO YOU! Praise Him that no matter how difficult the command may be, He is faithful to provide ALL that we need to obey (Phil. 4:19)!
I appreciate the phrase in Genesis 7:3, that God was requiring that the ark be filled with His creation…why… TO ENSURE THAT ALL LIFE WILL SURVIVE. Is that not His purpose behind ALL His commands?! To ensure that we are able to live the most abundant life possible (John 10:10)?! By abundant I mean with all the things money can’t buy… when you have those things in abundance you know you are truly rich and that’s the abundance that comes from Him.
Jesus said, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 It’s a simple thing, if we choose to believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior we SURVIVE!! We have eternal life!
As Noah continues in obedience and 7:17 tells us, THE FLOODWATERS GREW DEEPER… LIFTING THE BOAT HIGH (vs. 18) …THE WATERS ROSE HIGHER AND HIGHER… yet, THE BOAT FLOATED SAFELY… Sometimes we might think obedience should be rewarded differently then we are perceiving. We rationalize that… we did the right thing God, why are the “floodwaters” continuing to rise?!
Maybe we just need to abide in Him a while longer to see that it’s the rising waters that are keeping us safe from crashing into mountain tops of serious trouble… it’s the rising water that is taking our faith to new heights in Him we never could have imagined possible!
If we want to live the adventure, to have God blow our minds with great and unsearchable things we do not know (Jer. 33:3), if we want Him to squeeze every drop of glory out of our lives for Him who is faithful… then we are going to need to pray for wave-riding obedience.
When we are willing to step out in faithful obedience in the face of all that doesn’t make sense as we stand in stark contrast to the worlds disobedience like Noah, we too will receive the righteousness that comes by faith. AND… we will find Him faithful EVERY TIME! Wave-riding obedience will increase wave-riding faith and wave-riding faith will increase wave-riding obedience and that is what the wild adventure of abundant life in Jesus is made of!!
God bless~ May you have a wave-riding kind of day anchored into His faithfulness!
Independent Read: Hebrews 6:19, 10:23