So if God told you to build an ark, would you “O”bey? Noah did. As I read the story of Noah in the book of Genesis, I sat dumbfounded for two reasons:
- It seemed like God was asking an awful lot of one man;
- The man simply listened and “O”beyed.
Over and over again, I read the ark’s dimensions…450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. God told him to use only good timber. The ark had to have 3 decks, multiple rooms, a specific amount of space between the roof and the sides. Then it was to be covered with tar from the inside out. Let’s not even mention gathering animals and food. I think today many of us would have said, “Really God?” Some of us would have even offered “E”xcuses or an “E”xplanation for why the task seemed impossible.
Side Note: Many talk about the fact that Noah’s “O”bedience was most notable because it had never rained. He “O”beyed God without even knowing what rain was. Just being transparent, it could have rained just last week, and I still don’t know if I would have believed I could do something that big. Ok…maybe it’s just me.
Well, Noah did not “I”nquire of the Lord, but I did. How could Noah receive instructions of this magnitude and simply begin working? The scripture repeatedly says, “And Noah did everything that God commanded.”
I waited for God to respond to my inquiry. His answer was so simple, yet my heart was so convicted. As the story of Noah begins in Genesis 6, God tells us a little bit about Noah. We know he was a good man with no faults, but I paused as I read, “He lived in fellowship with God…” I almost thought I was off the hook for big assignments from God. I’m not “bad” but I don’t know if I qualify as “good” and the part about faults…let’s just say I am more than grateful for the Cross! But I pondered over the fact that Noah “lived in fellowship with God.” His communication had to be ongoing and it seemed that he listened more than he spoke. His relationship had to be consistently constant. His “O”bedience had to be a direct result of the relationship reaped by living in fellowship with the Father. He was living in a land where everyone was doing wrong; yet, he was not swayed by their actions or decisions. He was focused on pleasing God.
This made me stop to evaluate my relationship with God. Evaluate yours too. On a scale of 1 to 10, how often do you spend time talking to God? Listening to Him? On a scale of 1 to 10, how difficult is it to “O”bey when He speaks? How often do you hesitate because you are not sure if it’s your voice or God’s? I believe Noah’s numbers were off the charts! If your numbers weren’t quite where you would like them to be (mine weren’t either), let’s commit to spending more time with our God just like Noah. Wouldn’t it be awesome for God to say, “(your name) lives in fellowship with me”?
God has something BIG for all of us to do. Your BIG may not be my BIG, but I believe every day He is preparing us for our “ark assignment.” Make your fellowship with Him consistently constant and I believe “O”bedience will not be an issue when your “ark assignment” is given.
Next week, same time same place as we explore the vowel “U”. And as always, leave me a comment. Your heart encourages mine!