Three Things We Can Learn from Noah

Yesterday I saw a report that said the recent movie Noah has sparked a massive spike in the reading of Genesis. It is great to hear that the film has caused many to turn back to scripture to reflect on this powerful story even more. With that in mind, here are 3 things we can learn from the life of Noah (or better yet, 3 things we can BE):

  • Be DIFFERENT than the crowd

In a world that was full of evil, Noah was different. God liked what he saw in Noah. Scripture tells us that “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord… Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God” (Genesis 6:8-10). Noah was different because of his faith (he simply did what God told him to do without complaining or arguing). I love how The Message puts it in Hebrews 11:7, “By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God.” God calls us to be different and it begins with our faith walk…

  • Be FAITHFUL even when it’s tough

Noah was given an incredible task that no doubt must have seemed humanly impossible and he didn’t give up — “Noah did everything just as God commanded him” (Genesis 6:22). He remained faithful and obedient even in the midst of what might have seemed like a crazy task that would take him more than 100 years to complete (imagine the ridicule he must have received from others in the community). But Noah remained faithful and took on a huge enterprise, one board at a time, to save his family from the flood. And once it was completed he was on the ark for over a year. You might not have realized that, but Noah and his family and all of those animals were on this big boat for 1 year, 1 month, and 10 days! So, for 1 year, 1 month, and 10 days Noah and his family and all of those noisy, smelly animals floated around in a boat bigger than a football field. Yet Noah remained faithful even when it wasn’t fun and sometimes we give up when someone hurts our feelings or discourages us just a bit. Be faithful to God’s way even when it’s not fun. Even when it’s not easy. Even when the storms of life come your way…

  • Be THANKFUL for God’s work

Notice what Noah does once he gets off the ark, Noah built an altar to God. He selected clean animals and birds from every species and offered them as burnt offerings on the altar. God smelled the sweet fragrance and thought to himself, “I’ll never again curse the ground because of people. I know they have this bent toward evil from an early age, but I’ll never again kill off everything living as I’ve just done” (Genesis 8:20-21). 

Noah’s first response wasn’t to worry about what to do with all of these animals, his first response was to worship! The faithful response to God’s saving activity is always worship.  Noah recognizes that God is more important than he is and so he offers him a sacrifice as an act of worship and thankfulness.  We should be thankful for the amazing things God does for us even in the midst of storms…

Your turn… What are some other lessons we can learn from the life of Noah?

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