So He Did (Noah, Man of Faith)

 

 

SO HE DID -Karina's thought

 

Hello my beloved readers, I am grateful to God could continue the second post of “Man of Faith” series. In my previous post we have learned from “The Father of Faith”, Abraham. Now I love to choose Noah as the 2nd figure of “Main of faith”

“Obedience” This is the similarity between Abraham and Noah.  Both of them had great faith and obedience to God. The difference is about what happened and what they did at the time. Now let’s take a look deeper to the Noah’s story.

In his old age, one day, Noah got commandment from God to do something very strange. Why it was very strange? God commanded him to build a super big ark that can contain the entire of his family and also pair of specific animal.

Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits. You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks. (Genesis 6: 14 -16)

 Dear readers, after I read this story carefully I found some unreasonable things related with Noah’s assignment. First, he never sees the rain and before the floodwaters God irrigate the earth from the land. The second, put together the whole (Without in the water animals), manage them all into the ark weren’t an easy job.  And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, of animals after their kind, and of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive. (Genesis 6: 19-20)

The last, Noah wasn’t a ship maker. He didn’t have any experience at all in making a ship. Based on those facts, it is normal if we think that Noah’s assignment was very strange and I think it is very normal as well if at the time Noah refused the task that has been commanded by God. Noah wasn’t able to imagine how the shape of the ark. Noah didn’t have any references at all about how to build an ark because there wasn’t an ark ever made before.  He just had the detail of dimension, interior design and the used material. My dear readers, in order to get an idea how difficult Noah made the ark at that time, I spent time for awhile to discuss with one of my Father’s friend who accidentally works as a ship architect. He said, “Noah’s ark was unbelievable “masterpiece” of the ship in his generation.  It is not a difficult thing to build a ship that even maybe two times bigger than Noah’s ark in this super modern technology. Though just floating, but it was still totally so difficult to built super big ark with “a primitive” technology, without any knowledge at all in building the ship, and the all of the ark construction just made by wood.  The ark had a perfect ratio between length, width, and Height. It was the great God’s work through Noah”

Then what Noah did? At the time his faith begins to work. Was written in Hebrews 11:7:

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.

 Without many questions and complaining Noah obediently did the God’s command. He did every single detail of the ark in accordance with God’s command. Noah believed that something hasn’t happened doesn’t mean it will never happen. Noah chose to obey. Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did. (Genesis 6:22) After completed, God 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)

 We all know what comes next and the end of Noah’s story.  And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights. (Genesis 7:12)   Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. (Genesis 7:23)

Why God only saved Noah and his family? Whether Noah was a good man? Bible didn’t record it but the Bible notes that: Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord and Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. (Genesis 6: 8 -9)

Noah lived in the corrupt, wicked and full of evil era. But he was able to remain faithfully lived in the Holiness and walked with God. He remains loves and pleases God more than anything and he had great faith to God. Throughout the long delay of the coming judgment, Noah continues to faithfully obey to God and even he preached to the people to repent before God destroy the earth. Another evidence that Noah always walk with God and pleases God was, after the flood, he built an altar and offered sacrifices to God (Genesis 8:20). Worship to God was a central part of his life. That’s why he saved by God from the flood.

My dear friends, I end this post with some questions to ponder. How our lives today?  Have we live not only as good person but as the righteous before God? Can we remain steadfast to hold God’s promise although maybe this time we haven’t seen the answer of what we ask for? Shall we continue to believe in God and continue to be grateful despite the difficulties continues hit our lives? Shall we, by faith, remain obey to do God’s command although we think it’s so strange and impossible? Whether we will continue to uphold our faith when we are in the situation that isn’t only difficult but even may be very wicked?

Like all of us right now, Noah was living in a sin nature but he has proved was able to remain lived in faith and obedience. Let us learn from Noah who have firm faith, let us learn to continue to believe even when we haven’t seen anything.  Noah didn’t need to test God before he built the ark. God commanded, he obeyed and he did it.  Noah remained faithful, trust, and upholds his faith to God even though he had to wait for 120 years before God fulfilled His word. Noah made faith as a believing. He didn’t know when God will fulfill His word, but he really believed it will happen.

Faith isn’t a feeling but it’s a choice to trust God even when our way ahead seems uncertain. Faith will make us able to see things before they happen and make us have foundation of all that we hope. Let’s face all of problems, trials, and challenges with faith. Let is open our eyes of faith and put it as strong foundation as written in Hebrews 11:1:

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

 By strong faith we wouldn’t worry about everything happen in our future. And we will see the fulfillment of God’s promises. We just need to have faith as small as mustard seed like Jesus said in Matthew 17:20:

Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

We also need to maintain our faith getting bigger and stronger.  Faith is like a baby who always needs the best nutrition to keep growing. The best nutrition for the growth of our faith is God’s words. Let us continue feed our faith to grow by reading and comprehend God’s word every day and implementing it by works. God’s word said:

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Roman 10:17)

Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. (James 2:17)

You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. (James 2:22)

Noah not only had a great faith but his faith worked together with action. By faith he did very well God’s commandment. If Noah was using the very strong gopher wood as the the material, let’s build our spiritual “ark” by using the very strong and unwavering faitt, with one door which is mean only The Lord Jesus Christ is one and only way for our salvation and the door into Heaven.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)

 Also a door that we can knock to hand over all of our problems, fear, anxiety, and everything we ask for.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)

 Our spiritual ‘ark” just have one window above which is mean we have to always focus to look up only to God not look down or to the world around us and have three decks: Faith, Hope, and Love.

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)

Learn to have faith like Noah’s faith by more strengthens our relationship with God through prayer, Involving God in every step of our lives, ask for the strength and wisdom, and let His Holy Spirit anoint our lives so ultimately we will have faith as a mustard seed and we will be able sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.* Amen

Karina – Living by faith

*Faith quotes by Corrie Ten Boom

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46 thoughts on “So He Did (Noah, Man of Faith)

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  2. When we hear these stories of great faith and courage in time of adversity, it should spur us to turn back to our creator, but so often we see them as just stories. Noah and his family were real people acting on faith alone. Because of this God spared them. When we have faith in God, we too will be spared through the love of His precious son Jesus. Thanks for another great post!

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  3. Dear my beautiful sister,
    I really love the end paragraph of your post. Let’s build our spiritual “ark” as Noah built his ark. Thanks for your awesome post. I am so blessed by your post 🙂 love you, sis 🙂

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  4. Thank you for bringing this story to life sister Karina…it is so much more than a simple children’s story. Indeed, just imagine if God instructed us to do such a thing today…we would more than likely say, “Lord, surely you aren’t serious! I couldn’t possibly do that”.

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    • Dear sister, Scarlett.
      You are welcome 🙂 yes you were so true.. we often said like that or too much make negotiations with God. Thank you very much for the thoughtful response, sis. God bless.

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  5. Great post, Karina! 🙂 I especially liked the comparison between Noah’s ark and our spiritual “ark.” It is amazing what these men of faith have done in obedience to God, and I hope we can respond with the same righteousness and faith that they had.

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  10. With all the evil in both the earthly and internet environments of today, it really takes that extra measure of faith to try an overcome these temptations. But it all begins with that Faith in God’s plan for all of us. Peace.

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  12. Thanks for reminding me about Noah’s faith to accomplish a his task of real value to please God.

    Faith is confidence or trust. Trust in God and you will have confidence you that whatever you set out to do to please God will be of real value no matter how big or small a task. It makes no difference whether you ever know or see the results of what you set out to do to please God.

    Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well. (Ecclesiastes 11:6)

    Faith is trust in knowing that if God wills your task to succeed, it will happen. Faith is a never ending task in life. The more faith you have, the more joy in your task.

    Similar to being a mother who is never idle being with her child, we should never be idle to please God, “both will do equally well.”

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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  13. We are the work of God from the beginning to the end. From before we were born, carried into His eternity by His Holy Spirit. He enabled us to believe in His Son, our Redeemer. Opened the door to know Him through the gift of faith. And holds our hand as we mature into disciples of Messiah. We live to worship Him forever.
    I am grateful for your example Karina.

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  14. We have received the seed of faith when we believe in Jesus as Savior. But we should not just stop there. You are right that we also need to maintain our faith getting bigger and stronger. Thank you for reminding, dear Karina “Living by faith” Lam. Love you.

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  15. How are you doing, Karin? Haven’t heard from you in a while and not sure if this will get through to you. Might be in your spam folder. If you get a chance, catch me up!

    Your brother Steve 🙂

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    • Hello brother!
      Once again I am so sorry just read your comment. Yes your comments was in my spam folder. I am doing good, brother. I just arrived Singapore 2 days ago. What about you, brother? I hope and pray that everything is going well 🙂 Thank you for catch me up. God bless 🙂

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      • Honestly, sis, I’ve been having a difficult time with my neck and lower back. It seems I have what is called a stenosis in my cervical vertebrae which causes some pain. I have 2-3 specialists to see regarding the best course of treatment.

        I may just have to bear the pain with some medication from my regular doctor as the costs of surgeons and such are too much money! We’ll see.

        Meanwhile, continue to make me proud of you by being the loving and caring person you are, Karin!!

        I hope to speak with you again soon, and may the good Lord continue to bless you in all you do…

        Bro. Steve 🙂

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        • Dear, brother. .
          I am so sorry heard about your problem 😦 we will pray for you especially for your neck and lower back problems. Also for the needed costs. I strongly believe, no matter the way God will provide everything you need and He will amazingly heal you. Thank you for always support me, bro. It means so much. Thank you and God bless.

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          • It is always so very good to talk with you, sis! You are an amazing lady, wife, mother, and business woman! You have many talents which the Lord has blessed you with. Thank you for sharing with me and for the prayers for my health. It would be nice to find healing or at least something to help manage the pains, although they are not too bad right now.

            Have a wonderful evening and a great day tomorrow! Love to you and yours…

            Bro. Steve :

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