Faith

“So Noah did everything as the LORD commanded him.”  Genesis 7:5

Today’s reading stopped me in my tracks at v.5 with a question of my own faith.  To me this verse speaks volumes to our ability to define what true faith is and more importantly where each of us stands when the LORD asks something of us that is not tangible nor can be perceived by our senses.  Throughout all of today’s reading it is Noah’s simple faith and his trust in the LORD that defines obedience.  Obedience like faith is an action word, in order for either to be valid we must act, Noah acted, he prepared the ark and waited, not questioning “when” and “where”, simply he waited.  His simple act of obedience is what saved him, today we are still saved by our acts of obedience (Mark 16:16).  In Hebrews 11:7 we are reminded once again of this profound faith, ‘a faith that is not fleeting but substantial enough to generate confidence’, “By faith Noah, after he was warned about what was not yet seen and motivataed by godly fear, built an ark to deliver his family.  By faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”  (HCSB)  

Jon Courson in his commentary on Genesis 8:9 describes beatifully “reaching out in faith”.  He states:  “Have you hungered and thirsted for righteousness?  Have you  hungered and thirsted for the ‘coming upon’ of the Spirit?  Jesus said if we being evil know how to give gifts to our children, how much more will the Heavenly Father give the Holy Ghost to them that ask (Matthew 7:11).  If you want to be filled with the Spirit, reach out with a faith that’s based upon God’s promises.”  Noah reached out and because of his faith/obedience God confirmed His Covenant and “…blessed Noah…” (Genesis 9:1).

The question of faith hinges on three tests:

1.  Are we responding to God’s Word?  Noah responded as evidenced in Genesis 7:5 and confirmed in Hebrews 11:7.  He believed that God meant what He said.

2.  Noah rebuked the world.  Noah lived a life of contrast, he knew that it was “okay” to be different.

3.  Is righteousness the prize?  In Hebrews 11:7 it is clearly stated “…righteousness that comes from faith.’

We have so many lessons to learn from Noah.  To me the most poignant is the salvation bestowed upon him because of Grace, Faith and Obedience.

My goal for 2012 is to first, respond to God’s Word; second, live differently; and lastly because of my response receive the righteousness that is promised by God to those that believe. 

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10 thoughts on “Faith

  1. I loved the post and Noah’s obedience is what stood out to me! Noah did exactly as the Lord commanded him. That verse was repeated three times in today’s reading and it was also the last thing we read yesterday. Noah did exactly as God had commanded him…Noah obeyed exactly and after Noah obeyed God’s instructions in Genesis 7:16b Then the Lord closed the door behind him. I wonder how many times God wants to close the door behind us, after asking us to obey, guiding us, instructing us and what do we do? I know for myself, I live in fear and doubt. Our security is what we know, what we are use to and even though God is commanding us and His Word says it is for our good we don’t allow Him to close the door.

  2. My 1st memory verse is from Phil 3:13 …one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind. Is God trying to close the door behind you? What is preventing you from allowing God to close the door? We read that after God closed the door, Noah was saved and God remember Noah. God opens the door for Noah to a new beginning. Praise the Lord! May we rejoice today for our new beginnings, for God’s grace and protections and for the fellowship we have here and with our Lord and Savior! Love to all,Bethany

  3. Greetings ~Wonderful insight today in your post. Thank you for the 3 questions to ponder over! Noah, our faithful role-model saved mankind because of his faith in the spoken Word of God. The world around him was evil; but yet, Noah remained true to his God. Most certainly, his self-worth was in God alone, and not in pleasing people around him. The ark kept his family from dying just like Jesus allows us to live in eternity. The ark was like a safe spot, just like Jesus is to us today. Oh, sweet sisters, may we remain in the sweet spot: the lap of our Father!Today, I was drawn to Noah’s 3 children. 2 obedient ones and 1 who was not. “Shem and Japheth took a robe, and held it over their shoulders, and backed into the tent to cover their father. As they did this, they looked the other way so they would not see him naked” (Genesis 9:23). These 2 boy’s loved their father, Noah. They did not take part in what Ham did. To me this shows that they truly loved their daddy, – they deeply loved him. Agape love. A characteristic of agape love is that it protects. The Greek word for protects is stego. It means “to cover over in silence.” In I Cor. 13:7, it simply means that love does not expose the faults of others.When we exercise agape love toward those around us, – no matter how well we know the person, we should never expose their faults to others. Picture this visual (Beth Moore taught me this in a Bible Study I took) – Agape love is the word picture of covering an individual with such a cloak of love that the fault cannot be seen. Isn’t that just beautiful? It reminded me of the two boy’s – Shem and Japheth, taking the robe and holding it over their daddy Noah, so that they would not “see” his nakedness. Oh, girls, may we set out to show agape love to those we come into contact with. So, many times I do not! So many times I jump right in and spread information that should be covered over in silence. Hugs, Lori

  4. Great insights ladies! Thank you so much! Well, I noticed in Genesis 8 that the Holy Spirit and the Word of God were very present in Noah’s day. ….the wind that passed over the earth was the Holy Spirit…the waters that receded…the Word. When the Spirit moves in me and helps me decifer the Word then the truth becomes visible; just like the dry land was becoming apparent to Noah.Thank You Jesus for Your Holy Spirit and Your Word…may each of us learn to appreciate You more and more each day. Amen!

  5. Great insights today! I love how you broke down the reading. I wanted to add that the first thing Noah did, after leaving the ark was build an alter to God. Here is another reminder that in our trials we should not forget to stop and praise God. Thanking Him today for His direction and grace.

  6. Amen, Linda! I love how you picked up building an alter to God and reminding us to stop and praise God regardless of where we are at or what we have been through! Thank you, Lord, for never leaving us nor forsaking us! Regardless of the trials we may face this year, may we never forget to praise You, Lord! In Jesus Name, Amen! Bethany

  7. I LOVE what you posted today, MA! So much to think about. As we go through the Word again, may it not just be bible reading, but also bible living. Anything short of a complete obedience is still disobedience. Can you imagine being Noah in those days? Building an ark and it had never rained before? He built for 120 years amidst the ridicule of those around him. I wonder if in those years he ever questioned if he really heard God correctly. I’m glad he didn’t give up and persevered. Oh the grace that God must have shown Noah to sustain him all those years.My lesson today also pertains to the sons. As Lori mentioned the two covered their father’s sin. As children there are times when we need to overlook our parents’ foolishness. Yes, they may have been the Superman/woman of our childhood – the ones who can make anything and everything right. But they are made of dust like us. They make mistakes – some private, some are there for all to see. As children, we need to give them the honor and respect they deserve. And always grace and more grace. God sees when we follow His commandment.I just noticed this year that Ham, the one who made fun of his Dad, on Genesis 10:19 it lists his descendants living in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. His sinful attitude was passed on to his descendants and they were all destroyed in the process.~G&P

  8. Linda,I forgot to comment about the altar – yes, isn’t it wonderful that the first thing he did was worship the Lord? Imagine how he must have felt – overwhelmed at the devastation, seeing the power of God and being vindicated by Him because of his obedience. ~G&P

  9. Brandee just commented on the post “Faith” on His Gathering PlaceLove, love what you said MA and it goes just along with what God promoted me to write about as well. “Noah lived a life of contrast.” That is just what I was thinking!”Then the LORD said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for I see that you alone are righteous before Me in this generation.” Genesis 7:1I was stopped right there in that first verse of today’s reading. Noah alone was righteous. Can you imagine being the only one serving the Lord? Imagine being surrounded by all that wickedness. I know what we see in today’s society is bad and God promised to never flood the earth again, but just imagine the kind of wickedness Noah was surrounded with if it was bad enough for God to decided to destroy the earth! But yet, even in this type of atmosphere, he served God.I wonder how many times he was made fun of for building that huge ark no where near water. I wonder how many “Noah” jokes were circulating around. I wonder how Noah did it, staying faithful to the Lord through it all. But he did and we can too.Good news for us is that we are not alone, we have each other. One of life’s greatest blessings is to know that your closest friends in life are sisters who are following hard after Jesus and are seeking to live a righteous life. Even in this culture that is going further and further away from the Lord and God’s truths, to be surrounded by others who are truly still seeking Him is a gift from the Lord Himself. We have Noahs in our midst that are seeking to serve God in this generation.Not only was Noah righteous, but because of His righteousness His family was saved. His walk with God effected all those around him. Our walk with the Lord effects more than just us, it effects our families and all those around us. The Bible does not say whether or not Noah’s wife, sons and daughters-in-law were following God, it just said he was. It was his life of faithfulness that saved them! I know firsthand it can be hard serving the Lord alone in your family, but if you are in this situation God sees and He has placed you in that place for a specific purpose. If you are faithful, in His sovereign and perfect timing He will work in the hearts of your loved ones. 1 Corinthians 7:14 says, “For the unbelieving husband is set apart for God by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is set apart for God by the husband. Otherwise your children would be corrupt, but now they are set apart for God.” Our lives have a sanctifying effect and we are influencing our families by the way we live. God will honor our families if we are living for Him.Noah was righteous and lived for God even though he was alone in doing so. Because of his faithfulness, God saved his family from the flood and devastation. My lesson from Noah is to be faithful, even if I am the only one and know realize the importance my walk has on my family and those around me.I am thankful for my sisters who are also seeking to be righteous before the Lord in this generation.

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