“Noah and the Ark” is one of my first memories of a Bible story as a child. Each year, it seems that whichever Read the Bible Through Plan I choose, the account of Noah, in Genesis 6-10, is a January reading. I’m glad it is because it is an account full of important reminders for a New Year.
When God decided to wipe out mankind and the earth, Noah, his wife, their sons and sons’ wives were spared because “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” (Genesis 6:9) “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:22). In obedience, Noah built the ark, exactly like God told him to build it, from oral directions. After the ark was completed, two of every kind of bird, every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground came to Noah to be kept alive. He took seven of every kind of clean animal, male and female and two of every kind of unclean animal male and female, and seven of every kind of bird to keep their kind alive throughout the earth. That was no small task. Then Noah and his family entered the ark, as God had instructed, and the Lord shut them in. The rains came, the water rose, and the earth was flooded, just as God had said. After waiting months for the waters to recede and the dry land to appear, the time came for all to leave the ark. The very next verse says that Noah built an altar and offered a sacrifice that pleased God. Because of Noah’s obedience, God blessed him and established a covenant between Noah, every living creature with him, and a covenant for all generations to come. That includes us! “Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Gen. 9:11) And God sent the rainbow as a sign of the covenant he made with Noah and all life on the earth.
Some lessons from Noah:
* He walked faithfully with God.
* He chose to do the right things.
* He trusted God.
* He listened to God.
* He heard what God said,
* He believed what he heard.
* He acted in obedience, even when it was ridiculed and misunderstood.
* He followed God’s instructions completely.
* He was willing to wait for God’s timing.
* He trusted God’s provision.
* He recognized and thanked God for his provision, built an altar, offered a sacrifice and worshiped.
The story of Noah continues to convict, encourage, challenge, inspire, and compel me to live a life of faith, trust and obedience to the same God that Noah loved, listened to, served, and worshiped. What great reminders of lessons to apply when starting a new year…and finishing it as well.
Genesis 6:9 and 22