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By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this, he condemned the world and became an heir of righteousness that comes by faith.Hebrews 11:7 ESV
In a time when the earth was corrupt and evil in God’s sight, Genesis 6:11, Noah stands out as a righteous man. God looked for a man on earth and he found Noah. He found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Genesis 6:8
God looked for a man that He could show His favor and partner with, for the things He wanted to do on the earth. He found Noah, a righteous and blameless man in an evil and wicked generation.
On Noah’s day, no one had ever seen rain fall from the sky. Hence the statement, “God warned him concerning events as yet unseen.” It was unimaginable to a man that water could actually fall out of the sky and fill the earth. God watered the earth from the ground up, not from the sky down. Genesis 2:6
But Noah took God by His word and did what God asked him to do even when it didn’t make any sense.
Few things to learn from Noah:
God looks for a partner on earth.
God will not do anything on earth without the participation of man. It’s not that He cannot do it but He has chosen to co-labor with us. God looked for a man and found Noah, who could partner with Him by faith.
God is looking for someone like you and me, to partner with Him to bring about some things on the earth. If His kingdom is going to be seen, then we have to be participants and co-laborers with God.
God is looking for a woman who will partner with Him in building a business that reveals God to the world. God is looking for a woman who will believe Him for a marriage that reflects His heart and character here on earth. God is looking for a woman who will partner with God in fulfilling His purposes on earth.
My question for you today is, “Can God find a man or woman in you for what He wants to do on the earth in this time and age?“
Great things require great faith.
The task that God had for Noah was daunting. He was required to build something that has never been built before and it was going to require great faith.
Noah was also going to require great faith to be able to stand against the mockery and unbelief from people who didn’t know what he was talking about. It required courage and great faith day after day, for Noah to keep doing the absurd thing that God had told him to do.
Faith will make us look foolish to the world. It will look so absurd to live by faith for God because most of the time we cannot explain why we are doing the things we are doing. Often, the reason for our faith cannot be seen except in hindsight. But because we know what God has said we don’t mind looking foolish.
Great faith also comes from choosing to believe God for a long time without seeing results.
I read somewhere that it took 100 years for the flood to come. Noah had to walk by faith for 100 years. He had to get every day and keep believing God’s word. Can you imagine?
We barely can walk by faith for a month leave alone for a year. But, we become strong in faith by remaining steadfast to keep trusting God’s word even when it’s taking a while to be fulfilled.
Sometimes, we let people talk us out of believing God for the great things that God has told us He will do. We can also allow circumstances to dictate whether we will follow God by faith.
Remember we don’t have faith because we see it. Faith makes it possible to see what is unseen. Faith says, “I don’t know how He will do it but I believe His word to fulfill it.”
Noah didn’t just say he believed God; he acted in accordance with that faith. He didn’t say, “God I believe you will save my family from the flood,” and then went on with life as usual. He acted by faith and did what God told him to do.
Sometimes we have dead faith. We say we believe God, but we live contrary to what we say we believe. We say we believe God but don’t have the evidence of our faith. Our acting in obedience is evidence that we actually believe God.
Does your faith have feet? Are you living in line with the faith you say you have? Are you actually making decisions based on the word of God? Our proof of faith is in what we do with what God told us, not what we say.
Everything is possible to him who believes.
And Jesus said to him, “If you can? All things are possible for the one who believes.” Mark 9:23
We know that nothing is impossible with God, we are convinced of this. However, Jesus brings us into another realm where our faith makes impossible things possible. We sometimes wonder why we aren’t seeing a lot of things happen. We say things like, “If God is so powerful why can’t He do this?” Sis, it’s because our faith is what completes it on the earth. We believe that everything is possible with God. Then, we go a step further and believe that everything is possible for the one who chooses to believe God.
God will call us to impossible things because those are the things that reveal Him on the earth. When the impossible becomes possible, people can know it was God and not us who brought it to pass. This way, God can get all the glory.
What impossibility is God calling you to?
Is it believing God for healing for a chronic disease? Is it in building a business that no one around you has built? Is it in doing things you never dreamed you could do? Is it in doing things that seem impossible in the environment you are in? Is it in building relationships that look nothing like what you see around? Whatever it is, our faith turns the impossible into possible.
Like Noah can God find a partner on the earth who will bring to pass what is impossible to men? Are you willing to look foolish for your faith to bring God on earth and to the people around you? Are you willing to believe God for a long time until what He has spoken comes to pass?
Our faith makes the impossible, possible.