In the midst of horrifically evil times, Noah and his family stood out as righteous. It must have been quite a sight. Everyone knew that Noah and his family were different. They continued to worship God and they did not participate in the evil men accomplished. Now, they were building this giant boat…What was that all about. In the midst of the looks, the harassment and being ostracized, Noah and his family continued to do as God commanded. It took well over 100 years to build the Ark–then to stock it, populate it, enter and close themselves in–would have been an oddity and wonder to all. Still, Noah remained faithful and probably even explained to the others why he was building the ark–the people probably laughed hysterically! The problem has never been that God was unclear with his plan–no, the problem is that most men think they know better, and they think God is not relevant for their daily lives.
In our world, little has changed. Whenever the church speaks out, whenever God’s people take a stand–the world laughs, harasses and ignores the message. Even as God’s message of hope and the clear repercussions of a Godless life are exposed–men taunt, ignore and even persecute those that would try to save them from themselves. Then and now, God will not strive with men forever. As his chosen, we, like Noah, must remain faithful and do all that we can to build a legacy of revival in our land. As his word demonstrates–God is patient (Methuselah). He is willing to make any sacrifice for those that he loves (Jesus). We simply must trust him and do all that he has for us to do. We must not, however, expect for the world to listen or repent–they never will. We have to conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel and count it a great gift whenever another comes to know God because of his impact through us.
God Bless You
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress[c] wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.[d] 16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit[e] high all around.[f] Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. 19 You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. 20 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. 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”
22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.UU