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No Rain in Sight: Noah

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I beg you to step into whatever adventure God has for you, whatever the cost. He leads us down different paths,

but none of us is led down the path we would have chosen for ourselves…

Trust whatever He has for you. It will be better than anything you can plan for yourself.

— Francis Chan 

The sun was especially hot. As he reached for another heavy board, sweat dripped onto his dirty hand, creating a miniscule, muddy stream. Without thought, he wiped his brow, leaving a muddy trail onto his forehead. Then he straightened his back slowly, like a morning glory unfurling in the early hours, and he went back to the task at hand.

Board. Nail. Pound.

It was of no surprise when he began to hear the cacophony of cackles and derisive chuckles, increasing in volume after several more heartbeats as the sun increased its power. Especially on a day like today; hot days like this brought them out in full force.

There were the usual. The voices that enjoyed hearing their own rise above on a strong, conceited current and riling up the encircling crowd, like a mother with her chicks that followed blindly, although not to such a nurturing leader. 

“Hey Noah!” He heard the familiar voice.

Board. Nail. Pound.

“Your feet are looking particularly dusty on this fine day. How interesting… Shouldn’t you be standing in mud by now?... Oh wait…” He shaded his eyes as he strained his head forward in exaggeration, focusing his eyes towards the distant horizon. His arm catapulted towards the sky, his finger pointing. “Is that a raincloud forming in the distance?... Look everyone, a cloud!”

The crowds’ eyes followed. The voice continued. “Maybe today will be the day our fine friend gets his much-needed rain! We might actually get…an inch, or maybe two! Just enough for the bottom board of your boat to get wet, Noah. How about that? What do you say, Noah?... Why so quiet?” 

The laughter followed. More mocking. More heckling.

Noah reached down.

Board. Nail. Pound.

He replayed The Voice again in his head. A different voice... No, he wasn’t crazy. 

He had been called to a task, and he responded. 

More moisture gathered on his forehead. 

Board. Nail. Pound. 

His hands were raw, and there were days he questioned and his spirit waned.

But his obedience was steadfast (Genesis 6:22).

Board. Nail. Pound.

Year after year of hard labor. Of frequent derision. With no answers in sight.

Board. Nail. Pound.

…Can you relate? 

Has God called you to a task, to a season in life, and you are getting tired? Tired of the work? Tired of it not going as you thought it would? Tired of not seeing the answers as quickly as you expected? Tired of the skepticism from those around you? 

Board. Nail. Pound. 

Jesus understands. Many of the great saints can relate, too (Hebrews 11), as well as the apostles.  

They had to pay a great price, both emotionally and physically.

But God’s reward was always bigger. Always.

And this still holds true for today. In this life on earth and beyond. 

So what was one of Noah’s secrets to sticking to the task God called him to of building the ark when it took as long as 75 years to build with no rain in sight? To "do everything just as God commanded him" (6:22). To be the key player in a physical and spiritual reset of mankind to God? 

I think we can find a significant clue in verse 9 of Genesis 6: “…he walked with God.” 

What does this mean exactly? When you walk with God so regularly that it becomes your description? What are you doing?...

You are doing life with your Creator.  

You are not going it alone. You talk together. You share. You listen. You become like the person you are walking with. 

Others see who you are walking with. 

Sometimes we get weary of the task God has called us to. We get so lost in doing for God that we forget to connect to God.

If you are getting weary dear friend, don’t give up. You just need to increase your walking time with your Savior. 

He will remind you how much he loves you (1 John 4:11, John 3:16; Ephesians 3:18; Psalm 62:12), how he helps you in times of your need (Psalm 70:5), how you have everything you need through God to accomplish your task and “every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8; Philippians 4:19; 1 John 2:27), how he is with you always (Matthew 28:20), and how much you will gain (Matthew 10:42, 16:27; Luke 6:23, 35; Ephesians 6:8; Colossians 3:24; Hebrews 10:35-36, 11:6, 26; 2 John 1:8; Psalm 53:11, Psalm 62:12). 

Then you will be able to pick up your next board, your next nail, and pound away.

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Hebrews 11:6 

The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.

1 Corinthians 3:8 

(Note: Experts conclude that we don’t know what tools Noah had available to build the ark so literary liberty was taken.)

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