Hebrews 11:7 - "[Prompted] by faith Noah, being forewarned by God concerning events of which as yet there was no visible sign, took heed and diligently and reverently constructed and prepared an ark for the deliverance of his own family. By this [his faith which relied on God] he passed judgment and sentence on the world's unbelief and became an heir and possessor of righteousness (that relation of being right into which God puts the person who has faith)."
Put yourself in Noah's place for just a moment. He is just an average Joe of his time. A family man, hard worker, and trying to live righteously while squarely in the midst of a sinful idol worshiping environment.
All of a sudden God speaks to him and tells him He is going to bring a destructive flood upon the earth and He needs Noah to build a great Ark to save humanity and the other species of the planet.
Seriously. What's an Ark? What's rain? Where is this loud voice coming from?
It might be safe to say that the building of the Ark was probably the biggest construction project ever attempted by man up until that time.
The neighbors are starting to think that Noah's pilot light had blown out. They ridiculed and laughed at him.
What would you do?
No guarantee other than God's. No proof of anything is going to happen. No understanding of flood water and destruction. Not even another boat to compare to.
Noah had absolutely no clue and zero reason to believe God based upon the VISIBLE EVIDENCE.
Yet, he followed through with every detail of God and saved the human race.
Who was laughing when the Ark door shut? No one.
Could you believe in the Word of God so strongly that you would act upon it without seeing the results first?
Could you change the way you pray from a daily begging session with God to a time of fellowship where you expectantly await what you realize are His promises for you, and thank Him in advance for what you KNOW is coming?
I John 5:14-15 (AMP) - "And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. (15) And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him."
Would you qualify for admission into the Great Faith Chapter Hebrews 11 Hall Of Fame? Do you have settled and absolute knowledge based upon the Word of God?
If you are like a sad majority of Christians today the answer would be...no.
We need more Abraham's, Noah's, Rahab's, Gideon's and Sampson's, who even though they faced challenges and had no proof or visible evidence that God was going to do what He promised simply believed and obeyed.
Many in the Church today have been victimized by spiritually bankrupt cessasionist theology (Cessationism - miracles, etc. ceased at the death of John the apostle).
The "substance of things hoped for" has been replaced by "let's wait and see what God may or may not do".
Be bold my friends. Simply believe God. He is a good God who lives to love and bless you. He does not enjoy watching you struggle but His hands are tied by our stubborn free will.
Release and be free! Trust it ALL over to Him! The electric bill, the insurance, the paycheck, the marriage, your parenting skills (or lack thereof), your tithe to your church. Everything!
And simply seek the Kingdom of God first and watch how all of your needs are fulfilled in abundance! (Luke 12:31, John 10:10)
Faith: Don't go anywhere, or do anything without it!
Be blessed with the abundance of the treasures of Heaven today!
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><