Convinced: Obey without Seeing

“By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” (Hebrews 11:7)

I’m not surprised, I guess, that some people have a hard time believing that the biblical account of Noah and the ark is factually and literally true. Imagine how hard it must have been to believe before it happened!

convinced_350Imagine how hard it would have been for him to accept the idea of a worldwide flood, of an enormous shipload of animals adrift, of all the destruction and death. His act of faith in building that vessel seems far greater than mine in believing it happened.

The words “by faith” show up three times in this verse. Noah’s belief showed up in what he did, in how he obeyed. Noah’s faith saved his family and revealed the faithlessness of everyone else who chose instead to do what was right in their own eyes.

Think: What hard thing is God asking you to trust him and do even though you can’t yet see how it will work out?

Pray: Ask God to help you to have the kind of faith Noah had, the kind that obeys even if you don’t understand all the hows and why’s.

Do: Choose some specific command of God to you from his Word to obey in your life today, maybe something you’ve been putting off.