Sometimes I think Noah gets glossed over a bit. The story of the ark and the rainbow is a pleasant Bible story for kids, perhaps to older folks a glaring reminder that we are sinful beings serving a just and merciful God.
But I’ve recently read the story again, and I am awestruck by Noah’s complete devotion to God.
Following God When No One Else Is
This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.
Genesis 6:9 (NLT)
It says there that he was the only blameless person living on earth. Talk about a lonely existence, right?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like standing out. The fewer Christians I have around me, the less outspoken I am about my faith. I worry about what others will think of me, so I try to strike a compromise with myself: blend in without disregarding my beliefs.
But that’s not the life God has called us to. He calls us to be a city on a hilltop, a light to the rest of the world (Matthew 5:14). He tells us specifically that we can’t hide our light.
No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
Matthew 5:15 (NLT)
Noah, despite the rest of the world turning away from God, remained in close fellowship with Him. He wasn’t hiding his light. He was completely unwavering.
Obedience, No Matter What
Not only that, but when God took note of this and planned to use him, Noah didn’t shy away. It was a daunting, possibly even seemingly outlandish, task that God have Noah to do: “Build an ark, and get two of every animal. By the way, I’m going to flood the whole earth for a while, and the only living things left will be what you bring with you on the ark.”
But Noah just did it.
So Noah did everything as the Lord commanded him.
Genesis 7:5 (NLT)
He didn’t sit there and say, “You know what, God? I think that sounds a little crazy, and I must be misunderstanding you. I have a much better idea…”
No, he trusted in God and did what God told him to do. That’s what acting on our faith looks like. That’s what following God looks like.
I mean, Noah built a giant boat, gathered up wild animals, hopped on the boat with those wild animals, and stayed in that boat with his family for a year. A year! Can you even imagine being on a boat that long with nothing but your family and some wild animals for company?
It seems crazy to us, and that’s because it is crazy. It’s crazy by the world’s standards.
But, boy, if following God is crazy, then I think we all ought to wear that label proudly. Because God’s plans are higher than ours, His ways are wiser than ours, and He is the ultimate source of fulfillment.