Building Your Ark
In Genesis 6, we read of a world gone wrong. Everything man did and thought was evil and God was sorry He ever made them so He decided to destroy everything on the face of the earth (Genesis 6:5-7). Only one person found favor with the Lord, and so God had a plan for saving Noah and his family. God gave him the monumental task of building an ark. It was a job that would require a lot of work, planning, and precision.
“‘Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die.’” (Genesis 6:17)
How did Noah respond to such a monumental task, one that he probably did not fully comprehend?
“So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.” (Genesis 6:22)
It’s estimated to have taken Noah 55-75 years to build the ark; in the context of a 900 year life, that’s not too long, but for us today, it’s a lifetime. In obeying God’s command, Noah probably looked a little different and endured some insults; after all, he was building a boat nowhere near water during a time when no one had ever heard of a flood. That’s a long time to work on a single task, but it is what we are doing when we give our lives to Christ. Obeying God will cause us to look different and may bring some insults, too, but when we give our lives to Christ, we are declaring that we will spend our lives working to obey His commands. God has tasked us with nothing less.
God calls us to live in obedience to Him by denying our sinful desires and strengthening the Holy Spirit within us (Galatians 5:16-26). He has given us specific commands on how to live and has told us to go and make disciples, to baptize them and teach them to obey His commands (Matthew 28:19-20). This takes hard work, planning, and precision. It will cause us to look different from people who are of this world. We may seem strange. What we are doing may not make sense, and we certainly won’t comprehend it all, but Noah was right in His obedience to God and we will be, too, if we choose that narrow path.
Our ark is our life, and God has tasked us with building it on Him. He has given us our instructions and a helper with the task, which is the Holy Spirit who provides tools for us to use along the way—tools of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. It’s safe to assume Noah’s sons would have helped in the construction of the ark, and we too need help on this journey of obedience to the Lord.
“Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25)
Jesus taught that we are headed for times like that of Noah’s day.
“‘When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.’” (Matthew 24:37-39)
Our story mirrors Noah’s in that we know the Lord will destroy the earth again and He will save those who have found favor with Him—meaning those who have confessed and repented of their sins and accepted the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38). Noah did everything exactly as God commanded him. Wouldn’t it be nice for someone to be able to write or say that about you? “So and so did everything exactly as God had commanded him/her.” Let’s press on with that goal: to do everything exactly as God has commanded us.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.