By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. (Heb_11:7)
At times, the Lord asks His people to engage in assignments that seem to make no sense at all. Perhaps, it is a task that we have never undertaken. Perhaps, it is preparation for a problem that we have never encountered previously. One of the most profound examples from such categories was Noah building an ark, by faith. His example is profound both in the circumstances that he faced, as well as the extent of the impact of his faithful response.
The extreme wickedness of humanity was the setting. “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (
Gen_6:5). A worldwide flood would be man’s deserved judgment. “So the LORD said, ‘I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth . . . I Myself am bringing the flood of waters on the earth‘ ” (Gen_6:7, Gen_6:17). Noah was an upright man who lived in close fellowship with the Lord. He would be graciously delivered. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. . . . Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God” (Gen_6:8-9).
To build an ark for a monumental flood must have appeared absurd in a world that had never experienced such a phenomenon. Nonetheless, Noah fully accepted this divine admonishment, even though he had never witnessed what God was warning about. “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen . . . prepared an ark.” His faithful obedience was motivated by holy respect for the Lord and for all of His pronouncements: “moved with godly fear.”
The consequences of his labor of faith were far-reaching. His own family was saved: “prepared an ark for the saving of his household.” By Noah’s godly trust, the rest of the world was condemned for their ungodliness and unbelief: “by which he condemned the world.” Noah himself became numbered among those who illustrate that the Lord’s righteousness is received by trusting Him: “and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” Additionally, he became a reminder of being ready for the return of the Lord. “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Mat_24:37).
Dear Lord, please teach me to respond in faith, as Noah did, whenever You call me to a perplexing assignment. Also, as impending judgment awaits the growing worldwide ungodliness, help me to proclaim Christ as the present ark of rescue, while eagerly anticipating His return, In Jesus’ name Amen.