Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Noah - Dead Man Walking

Genesis 7:17-18 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth. The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the surface of the water.

Why didn't Noah die? We've had localized flooding here in Florida and all over the globe and just because you're sitting in a boat when the water rises doesn't mean you're going to be safe. Plus, Noah's boat was weighted down with more passengers than any cruise line ever held, AND the boat was grounded. Also, it didn't say that the water gently streamed under the boat lifting it to higher levels. The Bible says the floodgates opened and down it came.

Noah listened to God, did what he was commanded to do and even through that - there was no way he should've survived a downpour like that - even with the best constructed boat. That water should've covered over that ark just like everything else.

Refusing to do something God is telling us to do because it just doesn't seem like a good idea - doesn't fly. Noah stepped out on faith - completely. It isn't feasible to think that he would be safe from that water just by being on the ark - he was safe from that water because he was in the hands of God. God can raise men from the dead and calm the storm - He can make a heavy immovable ark float. We need to be willing to trust that if God calls us to do something - He's going to follow it through - from beginning to end.

3 wonderful insights:

Mariel said...

"Refusing to do something God is telling us to do because it just doesn't seem like a good idea - doesn't fly" AMEN! What SEEMS like a good idea may be distruction and what SEEMS bad may be life...thus causing us to press in farther like Noah did!

"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." Proverbs 16:25

Mommy Dot Com said...

Well hello. It is nice crossing paths with you. I use to live in Jacksonville,FL when I was 10 and moved back to Tampa when I turned 12. I also speak, as I noticed you do as well. I was at She Speaks this year and last year. I went with Angela from Fresh My Soul blog. Angela and I spoke at an event together at her church a few years back and Stephanie from Ocean Mommy did the music for the conference. We love Stephanie. She sings like an angel. She writes the most beautiful music. She needs to post some of her songs on her blog. Again, it was nice meeting you. Blessings upon you and all that is yours!

sailorcross said...

Oh, how I love the part you wrote "we need to be willing to trust that if God calls us to something He's going to follow it through--from beginning to end."

God never lets us down, and no matter how difficult or insurmountable the task seems to be to us, God will give us the strength, the power and endless might to do HIS work.

I, particularly, need to trust in God's timing in my life. What I may think I want or need right now and doesn't appear or happen is more than likely not the best for me at this particular time. I am learning to wait expectantly but with every confidence that God hears and will answer my prayers--maybe not exactly how I think they should be answered, but according to His will and His time.

God always has the best answer, and I need to learn to be more patient.