OYB January 4
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- 2009 Jan 04
There are several contemporary applications we can make from this account of Noah (not, ahem, Moses) and the ark.
God will once again (soon) make worldwide judgment on wickedness
God has great mercy and will save anyone who calls upon Him in repentance and who remains faithful to Him
People will go about their sinful lives unrepentant, no matter how many warnings they receive
There is only one door and only few ever find it
God will ask His servants to complete interesting tasks that seem counterintuitive or even irrational at times, requiring great faith (for instance, He asked rubber-tongued Moses to become an orator, He sent Jeremiah (a child) as a prophet, He asked three friends to walk around in a flaming furnace. For me? 1.5 years ago, He asked my husband and me to sell our family home to provide a home for orphans in Haiti. You just never know what He's going to ask!)
We will face ridicule for being obedient to these holy assignments (do you think it made sense to family and friends that we sold the dream home we worked hard to help build over a 4 year period for street kids?)
When judgment passes, a new world begins!
Consider these verses:
"I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved... John 10:9
Someone asked him, "Lord, will only a few be saved?" He replied, "The door to heaven is narrow. Work hard to get in, because many will try to enter, but when the head of the house has locked the door, it will be too late. Luke 13:23-25
8:1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and livestock with him in the boat. When we're stranded out in the sea of life and problems, God remembers us, too. But like verse 3 says, So the floodwaters gradually receded from the earth...our problems do not recede overnight.
8:22 As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night. As we will learn more later, believers will live forever on a restored earth. This tells us that seasons are an everlasting part of our eternity, and also that our earth will not be completely destroyed by global warming (although before Christ's second return to earth it could appear that it's headed that way for awhile and I suppose you could make an argument for after the Millennial Kingdom when the earth is refined by fire that there will surely be global warming ☺).
9:2 All the animals of the earth, all the birds of the sky, all the small animals that scurry along the ground, and all the fish in the sea will look on you with fear and terror. Apparently animals and man lived in relational harmony before this point. We will be restored to that former ability to relate peacefully and trustingly with animals (Hosea 2:18).
Further Reading: Answers in Genesis has a great article about the spiritual application and foretelling of Noah for our day.
Sometimes David might seem a little "whiny," but many of his prayers took place when he was being chased around a desert for several years by a vindictive king, Saul, who wanted to kill him. Away from home and loved ones, running for his life, his prayers were desperate pleas for deliverance, comfort, reassurance, and vindication.
Since it's such a short day, I thought I'd include a little humor-I had a good laugh out of this cute little modern day Noah story.
Questions for personal application:
Do you ever feel as if you're trying to obey God but your life is surrounded by a never-ending sea of problems? Are you tempted to give up?
Has God ever asked you to do something that seemed irrational or went against what seemed like the humanly intuitive thing to do? How did you respond?
Have you ever been ridiculed by people for following God's lead in a situation?