“The godly are as bold as lions”.
A man named Noah was a hero, and he is listed in the biblical Hall of Faith in Hebrews. His life-story is told in the Old Testament for God's people to contemplate.
Noah was the son of Lamech. He died at the age of 950 years. There is not much history about his early life because when he first appeared in Genesis he was approximately 500 years of age. He is often referred to as the “second father of the human race” (NLT)
Noah and his family lived in a period of time when the earth was filled with evil immoral people, and corruption. He was a righteous man, and he remained obedient and faithful to God. Because of the people's wickedness, God's heart was broken. The Lord said, “I will completely wipe out this human race that I have created...I will destroy all the animals and birds, too...I am sorry I ever made them” (NLT). Noah was the only person at that time who “did everything God commanded”.
The Lord assigned to Noah a difficult task which was beyond his limitations, and that was to build a boat a/k/a ark. God supplied specific instructions to complete the undertaking. Noah went to work right away building the ark which took 120-125 years. It was only by Noah's supreme act of faith, and the limitless power of God's Spirit was this huge project accomplished.
Noah was not only a shipbuilder, a farmer, but also a preacher. The whole time he was building the ark he would preach to the evil people about the righteousness of God. By his faith, he stood against all of them with courageous boldness.
How do you think the evil people reacted to this situation? Wouldn't you think they most likely were mocking, sneering, pointing fingers, and laughing at Noah as he was building the ark when there had been no rain...ever; the “Lord God had not (yet) caused it to rain upon the earth” (AMP). Every day he had to endure their ridicule.
Then the day came when the ark was finished and the Lord said to Noah: “Go into the boat with all your family, for among all the people of the earth, I consider you alone to be righteous”. Noah also boarded the animals and birds as God had commanded him to do. Then the rains came down, and the underground waters erupted from the earth for 40 days and 40 nights, and water was covering the earth for 150 days. Every living thing on the earth was destroyed.
But, “God remembered Noah, and every living thing with him in the boat. He sent a wind to blow across the earth, and the floodwaters began to recede”. Because of Noah's absolute faithfulness and obedience to God, He blessed and saved him; his family; and the animals and birds on the ark from being destroyed.
God's people today ought to have the same supreme faithfulness; obedience; and courageous boldness as Noah. They should depend upon the Lord to make available specific instructions; provide inner strength; and unlimited resources for God-assigned tasks so His work will continue in the world. Then God's heart will not be broken, and He will remember you.
Lord God, thank You for Your promise to supply our needs. Help us to reflect in our life godly courageous boldness, and not be concerned with what people think of us. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington