Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Noah - A True Soldier

Genesis 6:19-22 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them." Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

Isn't it something how everything is revealed to us - in time. Noah didn't reply when God told him how big to build that ark. He didn't question Him when told how many stories it had to be. Finally (a few verses later) the whole plan comes together. Noah would be housing all the animals. At least the animals would come to him, and he wouldn't have to go and hunt them all down.

They didn't have refrigerators back then, and even if they did, it wouldn't be able to be plugged into any source since the world would be flooded. Noah was going to have to find a place to plant seeds and animals to raise to eat. Not only for himself and his family, but for all the animals as well.

Then the kicker comes in the very last verse of the chapter: "Noah did everything just as God commanded him." Why is it so hard for us to just do what God tells us to do? This was not a small task that Noah was given. This job would take months and months of preparation and once on the ark, an unknown time of how long he'd be on the water. Noah did not know when his chore would be finished - all he could see ahead of him was working on the task the Lord had set before him. We know that our task will be complete when everyone has heard the name of Jesus, or we die. We have no idea, however, when that will be. Our best plan would be to do the task that God lays out for us - WHEN He lays it out for us - with a willing heart - and do it to completion. Can we have the determination of Noah? The blessings, like we'll see with Noah, will be worth it.

2 wonderful insights:

Truth4thejourney said...

Those stories from the O.T. really give us a reality check, don't they! I remember learning that he was 300 when he started the ark! I suspect we'd be complaining if God told us to do something amazing when we were in our 70's!

May God's grace supply us with the determination we need to serve Him today!

Nice to meet you! I also homeschool my children (6).


Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

First, I love the picture here! :) What a good word. Obedience-what a good example Noah was.
Much love,