Faith like Noah
What a wonderful fall break week of seeing first hand God’s creative hand. Red River Gorge displayed God’s handiwork in the form of the Natural Bridge. What a great hike we had to the top! The second adventure took us to the Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky. The drive is so worth it just to get a better perspective on the enormity of what Noah built under God’s direction. Just the work that would have gone into creating clay pots to store the needed fresh water is astounding. No wonder it took so many years for Noah to prepare for the flood. And to think that during those years people mocked his efforts and laughed at the sight of the monstrosity being built.
In the gift shop near the Ark exit were shirts with the slogan: “Faith like Noah”.
I want such faith. Faith that takes God at his word even when what he asks seems, well, a bit crazy. Faith that continues to do things God’s way even when those around ridicule, mock, and laugh. Faith that perseveres for years even though what is promised is nowhere to be seen.
As I opened Genesis to read again about this man of faith, I found these words from God.
“The Lord then said to Noah, ‘Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.” Genesis 7:1
A quick look around our world shows this generation to be one lacking in godliness. Wrong is called right and right is called wrong. Hate and selfishness are found in abundance. Yet this is the generation God saw fit to put me in, to put you in. This time. This nation. This community. This family. This job.
Why God chose as he did is unknown to me. But this is my generation. The question is, will I be found righteous? Not just a rule follower. Not a holier-than-thou person. Not a seeker of my wants, my plans, and my way. But a righteous woman in this generation. A true Jesus-follow. One that loves even those who are most unlovely. One who serves others instead of seeking to be served. One who walks in the paths of Christ even when it is inconvenient or unpopular.
Will God call me righteous in this generation? Will he call you righteous?
Lord, help me to have faith like Noah. Help me to be righteous not for my glory but for your glory. Give me the strength to persevere. Pour your love into me so it can overflow onto others. May my love for you be passionate not obligatory. Amen