Build a Boat

Bible Reading: Genesis 6; 7; 8; 9

"The Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.... But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord ...and he walked with God.... God said to Noah, 'Make yourself an ark.... I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens ...but I will establish my covenant with you....' Noah did everything just as God commanded him" (6:5-22).

"By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family" (Hebrews 11:7).

"If [God] did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others, ...then the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while punishing the wicked right up until the day of judgment" (2 Peter 2:5 NIV, 9 NLT).

"When the Son of Man comes again, it will be as it was when Noah lived" (Luke 17:26).

Where will I go when the floodwaters are loosed and disaster beats down upon my life? Many of the things I previously trusted in for security have already failed me in times of crisis. If I try to make "a lie my refuge and falsehood my hiding place," then the storm "will sweep away my refuge, the lie, and water will overflow my hiding place" (Is. 28:15, 17). But if I carefully listen to God's instruction, I can prepare for the storm. If I accept his plan and do what he says, even when it makes no sense at all, my faith and obedience could save my family. With God's guidance, I can build a strong boat of faith that will withstand the torrential downpour and keep us afloat above the turbulent waters.

Lord, teach me how to build a solid structure of faith in my life that will protect me and my family from "things not yet seen" (Heb. 11:7). "Incline my heart to your instructions, not to selfish gain," that I might fill your heart with joy, not with pain (Ps. 119:36 KJV/NJB). Let your words strengthen and prepare me for whatever storm lies ahead. When the skies grow dark, give me courage and patience to stay safely in my faith boat until the storm subsides and the ground is solid enough beneath me that I can step out into a new day of hope. Every time I see your rainbow in the sky, let it remind me that your word is true and that you "know how to rescue godly people from their trials" (1 Peter 2:9).