Saturday, February 16, 2008

Noah and his wife

The story of Noah and his wife is one of the most touching stories to me in the Bible. It is so hard to imagine the amount of faith they both had to follow through on every single thing God asked them to do.

When we step out in faith with God, it seems to always make us look like "fools" to the world. Imagine today if your neighbor was building an ark and warning every passerby of the impending flood, what would you think?......

I know some of the things God has called me to do, did not make me seem like the smartest student in the class.:) But during those difficult times of waiting on God to show up, I did have the encouragement of other Christians. Noah and his wife did not even have that. Noah's wife couldn't go to her weekly Bible study to get encouragement from her peers. They "all" thought her husband was crazy! Noah spent about 120 years building that ark!..120 years! None of us will ever have to wait on God that long for a promise to come to pass. It is so hard for me to imagine the amount of faithfulness it took to continue what God had called them to do. But they did it!

Most of us have been familiar with the story of Noah and the Ark our whole lives. As a child I mostly remember animals two by two, the ark, and of course the rainbow, but as an adult trying to follow the Lord in my own life, the story has taken on new meaning.

As a wife, I have been through some struggles in my own marriage. Times of testing that were hard. But nothing even close to what Noah's wife was called to do. She stood by her man and trusted God even when everyone and everything seemed to be against her. For 120 years! When I am going through tough times, I often remind myself of that story. At least I won't have to wait 120 years for God to fulfill His promise to me.:) Amen!

It helps me to be reminded sometimes that the people that I read about in the Bible are not "characters." They were flesh and blood people just like me. Noah hadn't built an ark before. He wasn't a master ship builder. He was just a man who loved the Lord, and He was willing to risk everything in order to follow Him. God is the same today as He was in Noah's day. I have been told many times "God doesn't call the equipped; He equips the called." We, like Noah and his wife, just need to be willing to follow Him where He leads us.

Recently my husband and I watched the movie Evan Almighty. We enjoyed it so much. I'm showing you this you watch it, put yourself in their shoes. Imagine what you would do if God called you to do the same thing as "Evan" and his family.


Jenny said...

Yea I with you, it would be hard to stand by Chad 120 years waiting on the first rain!

MrsJoeB said...

Great post! It would be tough to stand and wait a 120 years-or even wonder in the desert for 40 years. I am not the patient kind. But on another note...I would love to have 120 years with my man!! Of not just about that is is?!?!?!
In His Graces~Pamela