The reward of obedience and the consequences of disobedience are two powerful reminders of our choices. Noah was known as a man of faith among his people. Imagine God calling you to build an ark of such an enormous size.
What would you do if God called you today to build an ark of about 510 feet in length, 85 feet in width and 51 feet in height?
Many times, we may find our obedience to God difficult to follow through. In some situations, we may need to cry out to God for His hand of help, support and encouragement. Noah’s obedience to God’s blessed him abundantly. However, do we expect a reward when we obey God’s direction?
We may find ourselves living out everything He wants us to accomplish or be, while just expecting the reward or blessing. Then if the blessing isn’t evident we find ourselves questioning obedience and possibly acting out of our own will, or flesh, as Ham took matters in his own hands. Ham reacted to the situation with Noah instead of responding by doing the right thing. Because Ham was disobedient, the land of Canaan was cursed and suffered.
Ask God today, “What areas of my life lack obedience.” He will reveal it to you. Then, it is left to you to act on your obedience.
Jesus in Me: Lord, You said in Matthew that if we love you, we would keep your commandments. Help me, by your Spirit, to love you and live according to your Word by making the right choices.
Genesis 8-11 describes how Noah received deliverance from God after he built the ark. This is the end of the 40 days and 40 nights of rain and flooding. After the flood, God made a covenant with Noah and creation that He would never destroy everything with water again.
God then promised Noah and his sons that they would live a fruitful life and fill the earth. God gave them a rainbow as a sign of the fulfillment of God’s promise/covenant to them. Canaan received a curse because of Ham’s disgrace upon his father. Noah died at the age of 950 years.
The sons started multiplying and filling the earth. They built a tower called, the Tower of Babel. God confused their language and scattered them across the earth.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Job 1-5
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Great writing Robin!!
So many times we think that obedience is a bargaining chip that we can use to negotiate with God…. “I’ll do xyz God, if you will just do _____”
The story of Noah is such a good example of obedience in it’s purest form..thanks for the reminder.
Tammy Bradley says
This was a great word. We should do good because we live and have our being through Christ. When we are obedient it brings joy and peace and the covering of His precious blood. Thank you Robin for challenging me to do an obedience check to see where I may be lacking.
Ebony Roberts says
Great post Robin. I find myself most times questioning whether I should or shouldn’t for fear that I may only look for the blessing. Still an act of disobedience. This humility thing is something I always want to walk in but at times it hinders me from moving if that makes sense. Loved this and surely stepping out of many comfort zones this year.
Yes, Lord, I call out to you, asking you to help me through. You are such a good God and will help me with obedience to the areas where I seem to lack. Thanks for this reminder, Robin.
Jacinta Norfleet says
Robin, this is such a great word and reminder on obedience. It so hit home for me. Thanks!