The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise . . . for it is not his purpose that anyone should be destroyed, but that everyone should turn from his sins. (2 Kefa/Peter 3:9)
Trusting is being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)
How long are we able to hold onto Yahveh’s Word, especially when facing opposition, harassment and, possibly, violence? Perhaps we should look to Noah as an example of absolute trust in Yahveh’s Word. Here’s the story.
Yahveh, our Magnificent God, decided to destroy all life, living on the surface of the world. Why? The moral base of the humans, at that time, had vanished; their behaviours had become base and utterly destructive. They no longer looked to Yahveh for guidance or security – the exception – Noah and his family.
Here was a special man. Let’s examine what Scripture says about him, as we read in Genesis 6:9 – “In his generation, Noach was a man righteous and wholehearted; Noach walked with God.” In this simple statement lies all we need to know about this man of God. Imagine, all around him acted and thought in vile and disreputable ways. Their every action was a slight to Yahveh. But, in Noah, He saw a man after His own heart.
So, Yahveh told Noah in a dream to build an ark, with specific dimensions and instructions. Given the ancient ‘tools’ Noah possessed, there was little wonder of his taking over 100 years to complete the task. However, it wasn’t as if he was doing this in a supportive environment – hardly! All his neighbours castigated and ridiculed him for what he was doing; I would imagine some would even attempt to sabotage his efforts. But Noah did not quit.
No matter what you think of the man, even after seeing Hollywood’s incredible film account of his efforts, he had a trust in God’s Word that would astound most of us today. How might each of us on this earth today respond to Yahveh’s call to “Build me an Ark!”
CONSIDER: Do we have the trust Noah had to complete Yahveh’s work for us, over a time span of one hundred or more years? How many of us become antsy, even waiting an hour for Him?
ACT: I urge all of us to take the time to be quiet and listen to Yahveh’s voice, for a minimum of 15 minutes. Is that a long time? Try five minutes.
PRAY: Abba, Beloved Yahveh, help me, please, to take the time to wait for your voice to reach my ears and heart. Give me the patience to sit still and quiet, letting nothing interfere with my solitude with You.
May the God of Avraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you richly.