“By Faith Noah, warned by God about events as yet unseen, respected the warning and built an ark to save his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir to the righteousness that is in accordance with faith.” (Hebrews 11:7 NRSV).
As we prepare ourselves for the end of the age, Noah is the perfect model to follow. Jesus himself tells us that the days before the coming of the Son of Man will be very similar to the days of Noah. (cf: Matthew 24:37-39). Like Noah, we must heed God’s warnings and reach out to prepare those who are wrapped up in their own lives.
Noah was a righteous man, who was blameless among the people of his time. (Genesis 6:9). Blameless is defined in Psalm 19:13 as “being kept from willful sin.” So, in preparing ourselves to be more than conquerors we must repent of our transgressions and trust completely in God’s plan and provisions.
Furthermore, Noah had God’s precepts and prophecies written on his heart. This is important to understand because there will come a time when it will be unlawful to own a Bible. We must have the Holy Spirit increase in us as our flesh decreases. Only by understanding The Word internally will we be able to walk with the Lord and be preachers of righteousness.
As in Noah’s time, we will have to rely on our feet to spread the message of God’s word. Global media communications and transportation will be severely limited as wars and worldwide disasters affect all electronic devices. We must be prepared to travel like the apostles did and accept divine instruction. (Acts 8:26-40).
Finally, we must be ready for the scoffers. God’s message through Noah fell on many deaf ears to the point that only 8 were saved. Faithful warriors for Christ will forget what is behind and strain toward what lies ahead. (Philippians 3:13). EJ