“Then the Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. And the Lord was grieved that He had made man on the earth and His heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, “I’ll wipe out mankind whom I’ve created from the face of the earth. Man and animals, creatures that move along the ground and birds of the air for I am grieved that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Genesis 6:5
Much like today, corruption, violence, and immorality ran rapid throughout the earth. Archeologists reported that during the time of Noah there was approximately one million people living on the earth. Out of one million people, God looked down and saw only one person that He could give the assignment of restarting the human race. But why Noah?
Noah was literally, One in a Million…
In spite of the fact that he lived in a terrible society, he was blameless among the people of his time. Noah was not influenced by the sins that governed the earth and he was not afraid to stand alone. In today’s society, most people have a tendency to think that the majority is always right. If everybody’s doing it then it must be ok. If it’s popular then it must be true. But Noah refused to go with the majority. The majority is often wrong. And that’s the way Noah looked at life.
Think about the criticism that Noah probably received while building the ark. The ridicule from neighbors. The whispering and laughing not only behind his back but to his face. Not to mention the pressure he must’ve gotten from his family. Can you imagine what it would’ve been like to be Noah’s wife or kids? If your dad was the crazy man building a huge boat on the front lawn! And this embarrassment went on for a very long time. Could you put up with being misunderstood and criticized year after year because of your convictions or because you’re doing what’s right?
Conformity is often the enemy of Christianity.
Today the popular opinion is to blend in. To be “trendy” and not different. To stand in and not stand out. Too worried about what people think to be different. Too worried about losing connections, relationships, or positions rather than standing by convictions, standards, or principles.
Proverbs tells us “The fear of man is a trap.” That means if you worry about what other people think, you’re in trouble. If you worry about, “How do I look?” you can never live for God. Noah stood by his convictions. He was available and was willing to stand out in a crowd. And that’s why God chose Noah to accomplish such a task.
God uses people who will follow Him completely by faith
Faith is following instructions even when it doesn’t make sense. The project God gave Noah didn’t make sense at all. In Noah’s time the earth was watered by a mist that came up from the ground. So no one had ever experienced or seen rain before the flood. Not only had it never rained but Noah was at least 500 miles from the largest body of water — the Mediterranean Ocean. And let’s not forget about the daunting task of rounding up all of those animals and getting them onto the boat. I mean this story had endless illogical directives that completely made no sense. But it wasn’t Noah’s job to make sense of it all; it was God’s. Noah’s job was to be obedient.
Genesis 6:22 “Noah did everything just as God commanded.” It doesn’t say he did some of the things the way he wanted to. It says he did everything as God commanded. 7:5 “And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.” Not some, not partial. He did all. It was unconditional obedience…
Noah wasn’t extraordinary. The story doesn’t tell us of any amazing or supernatural gifts he possessed. You see, Noah was just an ordinary man who was available to be used by God, who dared to be obedient against all odds, and most importantly, someone who never gave up. People often give up too easily because of problems, pressures, or fear. But I want to extinguish the myth that just because a problem arises doesn’t mean God is not involved. Don’t allow these intimidations to cause you to give up on God’s plan for your life. Every good idea has something wrong with it. In every possibility, there is a problem. That’s how you grow. That’s how you mature. That’s how you develop.
My prayer for you today is that God will grant you the courage and the will to go after that thing He spoke into your spirit to do. That He will grant you the tenacity and focus to withstand every obstacle or adversity that would try to distract and detour you on your path towards destiny. I declare that the blessings of the LORD, that maketh rich, and addeth no sorrow overflow in every area your life.
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