And God said to Noah..."make yourself an ark of gopher wood..."
Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.
Then the Lord said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and all your household..."
And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives went into the ark...
Then God said to Noah, "Go out from the ark...bring out with you every
living thing that is with you...
So Noah went out...
Then Noah built an altar to the Lord...
and God blessed Noah.
Genesis 6:13-22; 7:1-7-7; 8:15-9:1.
THE VOICE OF GOD...did it boom down to Noah one starry night? Was it still
and quiet, as the whisper Elijah heard? Was it a conversational experience,
as natural as a father to a son? We are not given the details. But we read
over and over: "God said to Noah." God spoke -- not out of a sense of
fiendish glee at ordering someone around. God spoke out of care and love for
Noah. He needed Noah to listen and obey for Noah's own good. Noah could have
declined. And God's will could still be accomplished without Noah's help.
But Noah would have been in a very unenviable position, as someone who
rejected the words of God. For us, Jesus says, "The one who rejects me and
does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will
judge him in the last day" John 12:48.
"SO NOAH DID all that God commanded him." No record of grumbling at how hard
his task was. The entire undertaking took years! It must have been so hard!
No one outside his own family believed his warnings of a flood. Yet, "in
reverent fear," he did as God said, Hebrews 11:7. No record of wavering,
questioning, throwing up his hands. He simply heard, and did. What focus!
What trust! What perseverance! We are reminded to "be doers of the word, and
not hearers only," James 1:22. Are we?
GOD BLESSES. His intentions are ultimately and only good. Noah "became an
heir of righteousness," Hebrews 11:7. He was called "a herald of
righteousness," 2 Peter 2:5. God patiently waited, and blessed Noah's
efforts. Hear Peter: "God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the
ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought
safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not
as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good
conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ" 1 Peter 3:20-21.
TODAY...Are we rejecting or receiving His written words to us? Do we
sometimes waver, question and grumble? Instead of wishing to hear His spoken
voice today, let's feel again the awesomeness of having the very written
word, that we can read and study over and over, and treasure in our hearts.
As Noah was told the way to safety by God's words, we are too!