Faith led Noah to listen when God warned him about the things in the future that he could not see. He obeyed God and built a ship to save his family. Through faith Noah condemned the world and received God’s approval that comes through faith.- Hebrews 11:7
Noah’s story is a wonder example of what it looks like to truly TRUST God. Think about it – Noah was obedient, patient, and willing to be seen as “crazy” by others who didn’t understand what he was doing. They couldn’t see what he saw or hear what he heard. Remember, trust is what enables us to access the voice of God with greater intensity and clarity.
These qualities protected Noah and preserved his legacy and family. He trusted God’s instruction even when others humiliated him. He took the time to build the ark and didn’t rush. After the flood, Noah first sent a raven and then a dove to test the land to see if it was ready for his family to emerge. When the dove returned without a branch, Noah knew that the place for his “feet” was not ready yet – water still covered the land. But later the dove returned with a branch, signaling that the wait was over. Building out spiritual trust is the primary way God equips us to experience the incredible.
What would have become of Noah and his family if he’d ignored the message (i.e., the lack of a branch) and instead decided that it was the right time to step out?
Lord, Your ways are perfect, and Your timing is pristine. Create in me a desire to see in the realm of the unseen. And equip me to trust and act upon Your instruction regardless of opinion or conditions. AMEN.
100 Days of Believing Bigger by Marshawn Evans Daniels