“Then the LORD said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.”
Genesis 7:1 NKJV
“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”
Hebrews 11:7 NKJV
I believe we are in a time of warning. The events of this past year, and even the events of the past several, have been a warning of things to come. We have seen our world changed radically in the blink of an eye, as health, sustanance and even personal freedom, have been threatened. Though we have hope that things will eventually get back to some kind of normal, the reality that life will remain as it is, proves troubling.
I am sure in the times of Noah, he had some of the same feelings that many of us do. I have read that the population of the earth at that time might have been comparable to that of today. Humanity was left to its own devices,having not yet received the law, and appeared reprobate.
“Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
Genesis 6:5 NKJV
The omniscience of God is present through the Scriptures, as time and time again, He has provided the solution before the need. When Noah was born to Lamech, it was said:
“Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and had a son. And he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD has cursed.””
Genesis 5:28-29 NKJV
In the midst of the times he lived in, Noah was a standout from the status quo. His righteousness stood out before the Lord. It was not the goodness of Noah, but his seeing the goodness of God. In the midst of the times that we are living in, we can still see the goodness of God, even when surrounded by evil. His standard is woven into all that we know as “good”, as “just”, though we do not always acknowledge it.
God’s Holy Spirit is in the world affirming the goodness of God, and convicting souls of His righteousness and the presence of sin. He brings the invitation of God, for new life, for peace. He is looking for those whose hearts are open to that goodness, and respond by faith. God extends His grace through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Through His Son, He offers forgiveness of sins.
Noah’s life was surrounded in turmoil as the times were perilous. He followed through and did as the Lord instructed and built the ark. He believed God in regard to what was to come, even though it had never happened before. When the rain fell, he followed God into the ark and was saved along with his household.
We are very much in the same place today, as destruction is coming, and we will see things that we have never seen before. We have been given an invitation to come into the ark, to seek the Lord, by faith. As in Noah’s day, our choice to follow God makes us outcasts, people to be mocked. At some point, God is going to shut the door, and those left on the outside will bear the wrath and destruction.
Noah built the ark for around a hundred years, as the sins piled up in the culture around him. I am sure all of the people who watched, mocked and questioned. Those of us who call upon the Lord have been preaching for centuries, of a time when God will bring judgement. We have preached of the Gospel, to save souls from hell and future destruction. Like in the time of Noah, people mock us and doubt. Even in the household of faith there are those who seek to soften the warnings and dismiss them as harsh.
The times that we are in now, are giving many of us a sense that this world is passing away. Let us follow the Lord by faith, and be about the Father’s business of sharing the Good News, and praying for those who need to be saved. Let us be faithful to share the word of God, preaching and doing what it says.
By our faith in Jesus, we are moved with godly fear, as we go about sharing Jesus, and we sense the urgency as we push the Gospel into the forefront. The world as we know it, stands condemned outside of Jesus Christ.
Brothers and sisters let us go boldly to share the story of the God/Man who died for our sins, and saves us from the wrath to come by the ark of His flesh on the cross, and the saving grace provided by His death, burial and resurrection.
Let us extend the glorious invitation to others to come into the ark!