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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 4/Heroes: Noah

Noah’s obedience is above reproach. What evidence did he have to fall back on when God asked him to build the ark? He had never seen anything like what God was foretelling… a global flood??? But after being warned by God of the coming flood, Noah went forth and made preparations for something he had “not yet seen.”

Where was his motivation coming from? He must have known how foolish he would look to those around him. I mean really… building a boat larger than any that had ever been seen and nowhere near any source of water? What was he thinking? Noah based his obedience on his knowledge and
relationship with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us that we “walk by faith and not by sight.” Noah’s beliefs were reflected in his actions, just as ours are reflected in our testimonies and witnessing to those things we have not yet seen. He was described as a “preacher of righteousness” and even though he may not have verbally warned others of what was to come, his labor on the ark would have been his witness.

It does not mention the onlookers in Noah’s story, but I have to imagine that they were shaking their heads, mocking him and even thinking him insane. Scholars say it took about 100 years (give or take) to complete the ark so think about spending that many years as the object of taunts and heckling. Not my idea of a good time! But Noah was not swayed from his appointed task. He continued his work among people who had no clue about the coming judgment.

This story of Noah serves as an example of the reality of alienation from the world and the scoffing that may take place when we take a stand for our faith. 2 Peter 3: 3-6 tells us “Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.” We may feel rejection and scoffing from those we choose to share our faith with; but in America, we are free to worship in the churches of our choice and do not have to fear for our safety for our faith. Such is not the case in certain countries and we as Christians need to be in prayer for those believers who are suffering persecution.

Noah and his family were saved by his obedience and his faith. Do not be afraid to take a stand in obedience to God’s word for you too can be known as a “preacher of righteousness.”

Scripture

 Hebrews 11: 7; 2 Peter 2: 4-5; Matthew 24:13

Prayer

Help us to not be afraid to take a stand for our faith. Keep us from being swayed by scoffers and nay-sayers who mock us for our obedience to you. Give us the words to preach boldly and without reservation. Amen