Scripture Reading: Genesis 4:17-6:22 / Matthew 2:19-3:17 / Psalm 3:1-8
As you scan the “Help Wanted” section in the classified ads, you will find truck drivers are in high demand. There are many different types of jobs listed from simple laborers to skilled professionals. One ad that you may have overlooked was listed a few years, “WANTED: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. P.O. Box 322, Oakview, CA 93022. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.”
People thought that God’s ad for an “Ark Builder” during the days of Noah was just as strange but there was only one man qualified for the task. God was about to bring judgment upon the world because mankind had become very wicked and “the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time…The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth and his heart was filled with pain.” (Genesis 6:5,6)
There was only one man who was righteous, blameless and walked with God. “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” (6:8) God desired to spare Noah and his family through an Ark of grace and favor. God gave Noah the directions and blueprint to build the Ark.
The Ark was one and a half times the size of a football field – 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. Interestingly, this is the ideal ratio of a sea worthy ship. The Ark had 3 decks, an 18 inch opening all around the top and was waterproofed by pitch. It was a million and a half cubit feet and was the equivalent of 522 railroad cars! It surpassed the 1920’s Ringling Brothers Circus that traveled with 335 horses, 26 elephants, 16 camels, other animals and equipment in 92 railroad cars.
The task before Noah was immense. It took him 120 years to build the ark but Noah persevered and endured enormous opposition and ridicule. He displayed great faith in God who spoke about a flood that was unknown to man. Even though it was never experienced or proven, Noah believed God.
God knew Noah could be trusted with the task and he found grace in the sight of God. Noah is described as a just man who was upright, honest, virtuous and pious. His life was marked by moral integrity and obedience to God. He was undivided in his loyalty and passion for God...qualities that God responds to with great favor.
Hebrews 11:7 says, “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear…” We may say, “I can’t build an Ark, it’s too hard.” We have all kinds of excuses…”I don’t know how, I don’t have the money, I don’t have the time.” God doesn’t want our excuses, just our obedience. We are not called to build an Ark but we are called to follow God fully. The Ark didn’t necessarily make Noah different, it was his lifestyle that set him apart from the world. What has God asked you to build? Go for it…you have found grace and favor in the eyes of The Lord!