Read Genesis 6:9-8:19
Our next stop in this great Hall takes us to a man named Noah. Like his great-grandfather, Enoch, Noah also “walked with God.” But his walk didn’t lead straight to heaven without passing go. Instead, God walked Noah through throngs of unrighteous people and straight to the construction site where he would build a boat — a boat big enough to house each member of his grown family as well as a pair of every kind of animal on earth, plus some extras for a sacrifice when all was said and done. It’s hard to imagine. But Noah trusted what he did not see.
He had yet to experience rain in his lifetime. Until that first raindrop which God used to begin the great flood, the earth had not seen rain. Still, “Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark . . .” (Hebrews 11:7).
It’s a story many of us learned as young children. Still, it’s a truth many of us have yet to fully grasp. The truth of taking God at His Word and acting on that alone.
In the same way God commanded the universe into existence, so He commanded Noah into action. And God uses that same voice, coupled with the same kind of faith, the faith He gives His followers through Jesus Christ, to continue His work with a word.
Unlike the boat that undoubtedly rocked back and forth with the the rising waters, Noah’s faith stood firm on God’s unshakable word. So with the faith of His man Noah, God started over with a small remnant of people. Then He gave His rainbow-covenant word.
His word, Noah’s faith, God’s plan. Covenant.
“This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come . . . Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth” (Gen. 9:12,15,16).
Like a string around God’s finger, everytime He makes a rainbow, He remembers His promise. We humans sure give Him plenty of reason to forget and to second-guess that promise. Nevertheless, He remains faithful to His promise.
Can we say the same about our faith when rain falls and wind blows and the ground on rattles and rolls like the ark that Noah stood upon? Are you standing firm on God’s promise, in faith?