Heb 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
The account of the life of Noah is found in Genesis chapters 6 through 9.
Based upon the wickedness that had engulfed the earth, the Lord had chosen to bring judgment upon mankind through a world-wide flood. Up to this point in time in history, it had never even rained. God had sent water to feed the crops by sending dew upon the earth (Gen 2:6). How difficult it would be for anyone to understand what “rain” or a “flood” would be like!
However, God, solely by His grace (Gen 6:8), warned Noah of the upcoming flood and instructed him on the way to safety… the building of an arc. If Noah, through God’s gracious intervention, believed God’s message and followed God’s instructions, he would be able to save his family, and himself. If, in a spirit of unbelief, Noah mocked God’s warnings and rejected God’s instructions; death would come upon him and his family, just as the other unbelievers of his day.
In our text, we are told that Noah responded in a spirit of reverence and respect (fear) for God and His Word, accepting it by faith. This reverence and respect motivated Him to believe the flood was coming and prepare for it just as God directed him. His faithfulness resulted in bringing salvation to himself, and his family. This salvation was not limited to salvation from the waters of the flood, but also salvation from their sins.
Noah’s acts of belief and preparation of the ark had three results. They condemned the unbelieving world, giving them a visual testimony of faith, and how to prepare for the coming judgment. It also was his God-given faith in the Lord and His Word that worked his salvation and righteousness. And it was also through his faithful actions, his family came to a trust in God as well.
When God graciously works in our life, calling us to trust in Him and His Word… let’s rely on Him for grace and take that step of faith. In doing so, we will be setting an example that will glorify God in the eyes of all who see us, encourage other believers, and set the example for lost loved ones to trust in Him as well.
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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