For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him. – Genesis 6:17-18, 22 ESV
Are you truly following God? Are you willing to PICK UP YOUR CROSS, DAILY and follow your first love and espouse His name, JESUS? It had never rained in the HISTORY OF THE WORLD, at this point in scripture. They lived in a desert and it had never rained and the God of the universe told Moses, “Make yourself an ark of gopher wood….” NOAH did ALL that God had commanded. The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually, BUT, Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD!
Leader, why was God so pleased with the SINFUL man Noah? The writer of the Book of Hebrews, talks about this in the infamous FAITH- ‘Hall of Fame”: And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (Heb 11:6-7) Today we live n a time where what was once considered WISE is now considered foolish. What was considered foolish is now the law of the land. Will you find favor in the LORD by NOT obeying HIS WORD?
Conduit, the ark took over 100 years to build. Can you imagine the mockery that Noah had to endure daily…for over 100 years? He was daily PREACHING, encouraging people to REPENT, to walk away from their self-driven, self-fulfilling lives and turn toward GOD and HIS way. Are you willing to work for God even when you get ridiculed? Are you willing to speak the name of Jesus even if it makes others feel uncomfortable? Are you willing to die to yourself daily and pick up your cross and risk being ostracized, called a BIGOT, called Closed-Minded for the sake of your GOD? Are you willing to chance SHAME and EMBARRASSEMENT from the world, as you do what the BIBLE says, instead of what the WORLD wants? If you answered yes, the next question is HOW LONG- a week, a month, a couple of years? As with everything else there are consequences for our choices- there is a COST and a REWARD. For those WILLING to boldly SPEAK and STAND for the name of JESUS- here is your consequence;” No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.”