God was finished. He had put up with the decline of humanity for as long as could. Now it was time to clean the slate. Interestingly, as the saying goes, “Every rule has an exception!” Noah was the exception. He was the grandson of Methuselah and the son of Lamech. He had been raised to honor and follow God. He stood out in the community of men. He and His family still sought and followed God.
Now God was done. He came to Noah and told Him to prepare the ark, Gather the animals, gather food, and prepare to survive. It had to fill Noah with such a sense of grief and urgency. He literally had the weight of the world upon his shoulders. So, Noah did what men of God do when given such a task. The scripture says it quite plainly, “Noah did everything that God commanded him.” God did not leave Noah with mysteries or puzzles. He laid the plan out very clearly and with much detail. As God laid it out, Noah completed God’s plan.
God wants us to do the same as Noah. We are to ignore what everyone else is doing, and simply follow God. He sent Jesus to redeem us from our sin. In return, our Father simply asks that we accept the gift of life and follow the Lord. We are called to Love God, Love others, and trust God’s plan for our lives. Make no mistake, following God is no small task. It is difficult and filled with trials and temptation. If we will follow the Lord, however, He will make our path straight and meet our needs each day.
God Bless You
This is the account of Noah and his family.
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.