May 13, 2014 Posted by admin in Books, Faith

Important Faith Lessons From Noah

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. - Hebrews 11:7 kjv

Noah’s faith caused him to respond when God warned him of impending tragedy. He made a decision to obey the voice of God without having the physical evidence necessary to satisfy his human intelligence. Therefore, by faith, he used the Word of God as the only evidence of the looming flood. Building the ark must have been a major investment for him because of its sheer size. God told him to make it four hundred and fifty feet long, seventy-five feet wide and forty-five feet high. Those are staggering numbers for one man, so I assume that his family helped him in some way. The time commitment for such an endeavor is another major factor we should consider.

When inspired for some reason, it’s possible for many Christian people to have a moment of great faith, but it’s entirely different when you have to sustain your faith over an extended period of time. The Apostle Paul said in Hebrews 6:12 that you inherit the promises of God through not just faith but the combination of faith and patience. For this reason, Noah’s sustained faith in the Word of God placed him in line for an inheritance that only God could have provided.

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. - Genesis 6:8–9 kjv

I don’t know how Noah did it. However, I know that he did. I don’t know how you will do it. However, I know that you can. In the middle of a world full of sin and rebellion, you can be just and perfect in your generation. While everyone around you is walking away from the things of God, like Noah, you can walk with God. The advantages of a life spent in fellowship with God cannot be emphasized enough. God warned Noah of the flood because God knew Noah.

They were personal friends and conversed on a regular basis. You cannot have access to the inner workings of God’s wisdom if you don’t have an intimate relationship with him. It’s a fantasy to think that God will even consider you for detailed personal instructions if Christianity is still a religious experience for you. If he only sees you when you show up at church, then he is not in a relationship with you. If he only hears from you when something is wrong then you are not intimate with him. As a result, you will be left out of the loop while the people he knows very well take the inside track to his miraculous goodness.

You may start off in faith, but if something doesn’t happen in your favor quickly and you stop believing in God, your actions will change to match what you believe. Thus, if you give up on your faith, you will fail. It’s not always a lack of faith that stops you from getting what’s yours, but it is a lack of maintenance of your faith. Fortunately, God doesn’t dwell on the past, and neither should you. Ask for forgiveness based on 1 John 1:9 whenever you need it, and continue in faith. The lesson learned from the salvation of Noah is that faith in the Word of God must be sustained over an extended period of time in order to inherit the promises of God.

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