I meet with a small group of ladies for Bible Study and we are going through a study book called, “The Promised One” by Nancy Guthrie. It has been a real blessing to dig deep into the book of Genesis and see there the foundational truths of our faith. (I am hoping to write a review of this study so stay tuned for that soon.) As we go through these studies I am hoping to jot down a few things which stand out to me here on the blog.
Do you get excited about one day doing “Great things for God”? Do you read the books of “Christian Heroes” who have gone out as missionaries, or stood up to the culture of their time, or done some other great deed and wonder when your time will come for such greatness? That’s been me on many occasion.
As we studied the story of Noah one of the initial questions was about what a photographer may have taken photos of. As we discussed the potential piles of food, the animals all milling around the ark, and other things it struck me. All that would have been at the end of Noah’s ark building time. All those things were only possible because of years of daily decisions. For many years Noah decided to get up and
pick up his axe and cut wood,
pick up his hammer and nail board after board,
pick up his brush and paint that pitch on the whole inside and outside…
I guess he also
chopped wood for the fire,
helped his wife to gather and prepare food,
trained his sons to provide for the family and work on the ark, and
all the other day to day activities which life required.
I doubt he got up every morning of those years thinking, “I am doing a great thing for God.”
“By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.” Hebrew 11:7
This verse is the summary of Genesis 6-9. In Genesis 6 God explains to Noah all that would happen. He gives Noah instructions for the building of the ark. In effect…He presents Noah with a way of salvation, and freely offers it to him and his family. Gen 6:22 tells us, “Noah did everything just as God commanded Him to.”
Noah’s actions did not save Him. Noah believed God and chose to live a life of faith. His actions demonstrated his belief. His faith was why he was found on the ark, protected, when God’s wrath poured down.
What about me? Will I DO great things for God one day? I suspect that I, like Noah, will find that my “great thing” actually looks more like getting up everyday and choosing to live a life of faith? Choosing to believe that God has also provided a way of salvation for me, in Christ. Living a life that reflects that in my actions, attitudes and relationships. Choosing, like Noah, to point my family to that way also.
How about you? Do you struggle with day to day faith and long for one great act instead? How can we encourage each other when obedience feels tedious and mundane? Do you think Noah ever wanted a day/year off?