April 25, 2020
Good morning Salties and friends,
I had a nice treat when I went to the mailbox last night; a few birthday cards were waiting for me. A week from today I’ll be double 6’s and able to start receiving my social security benefits.
Today, we’ll finish chapter 6. With all of the incredible instructions God issued to Noah in verses 18 – 21, his response to God is equally incredible. Genesis 6:22 says “Noah did this, he did all that God commanded him.” Noah responded through faith, by total obedience to the commands of God. Noah understood that God’s commands although challenging were for his good. The writer to the Hebrews said this about him in 11:7; “By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.” The unseen events are not just the flood because I don’t think it’s even ever rained on the earth up to this point.
Noah’s obedience was, by faith, a result of his reverent fear and a desire to save his household. Fearing God is to demonstrate faith in who He is; His righteousness, His holiness, His power and then despite the obstacles doing what He says. Noah did all that God commanded him. I can only imagine what he must have been thinking as he realized the enormity of the task ahead of him when he cut that first piece of wood. He had a choice at every point along the way to either focus on the overwhelming project ahead of him and give up or continue to move forward one day at a time. I think he was able to keep moving forward because instead of focusing on the mountain of a project in front of him in reverent fear he focused on the mountain mover. Much like David did when he, as a young man, who moved bravely into battle because he was focused on His mighty God rather than Goliath, that mountain of a man standing in front of him. Both men persevered in the face of great odds because they believed their God was able to do exceedingly more than they could think or imagine.
Let’s continue to persevere in this difficult time of Covid-19 focusing on our God in reverent fear believing He is able to move any mountain we face.
I will send out the link to Sunday’s service when I receive it tonight.
May God continue to bless you with His love, Neil