Noah was 500 years old when God told him to build an ark. God saw that …
“the wickedness of man was great.” “Every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”. Genesis 6:5
(So much for thinking that following your heart is a good idea.)
“the LORD regretted that he had made man…and it grieved him to his heart.” vs. 6
God decides to destroy man, animals, every creeping thing, and birds, but in that cesspool of humanity…
“Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.” vs. 8
Imagine Noah and his sons building the ark while the rest of mankind looked on and mocked. To preach for 100 years without any converts must have been devastating. Noah simply obeyed. Once they were all safely on board with the animals, God shut the door, and they waited.
They waited 7 days before the rains came.
Then the floodgates of the deep and the windows of heaven were opened. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights. There was so much water that even the mountains were covered up. Every living thing died that wasn’t on the ark. The flood waters surged for 150 days or 5 months.
“But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark.” Genesis 8:1
They had not been forgotten. God stopped the rain and closed the floodgates. A little over two months later the water receded and the mountain tops could be seen again. Just over a year after the flood had begun it was finally dry enough for Noah and his passengers to leave the ark.
Sometimes when I struggle with a situation that never seems to end I think of Noah. He was given an overwhelming job while the rest of the world was being destroyed. There was no escape from his daily duties. Imagine being the only living island in a world of water. Yet, his faithful obedience saved his life and the life of his family.
Oh, that I would have such faith. To believe that God is doing something I am unable to understand.
Father, help me to trust you with my impossible situations, knowing that you have not forgotten me.
For further study:
Genesis 6:5 – 8:22
Matthew 24: 36-44
II Peter 2:5