March 29, 2005
As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
Noah was a man who lived in a time of excessive and extreme evil. As a matter of fact, Genesis 6:5 tells us that men’s hearts and minds were continually set on evil all the time. It was a wicked world without godliness, wholesomeness, and truth. Yet Noah alone lived righteously. He walked daily with God. It was just as tough walking as a man or woman of God in that generation as it is now. But Noah stood against the tide.
Noah believed when God said it would rain and that He would bring judgment on the earth along with the storms. It was a big leap of faith for Noah to begin building the ark in a land that was so dry it had probably not seen rain for years. People thought he was crazy. He obeyed God for 120 years as he built that boat, and he also faithfully preached an unpopular message of repentance to an unbelieving world.
But the people laughed in his face and walked away. So the unthinkable happened—the rains began to fall, and for 40 days and 40 nights, God’s judgment was poured out on the earth. But, because of Noah’s faithfulness to God’s Word, he and his family were spared from the great flood.
This would be a good place to stop and remind you that this is not a myth or legend. This is history and the truth. Today, there is an important message from Jesus for believers found in Matthew 24:37. We can expect God to bring judgment on the earth just as he did the rains and flood.
Will you live for Christ alone in this generation as Noah did? Will you go against the flow even though temptations are powerfully seductive? Even though others laugh in our faces, we must buck the system. The Bible tells us that only Jesus is the ark of our salvation, sufficiency, and security. And this story is a reminder that God will deliver His own from the wrath to come. But for today we are to be patient, establish our hearts in Jesus, share Christ with others in urgency, and wait for the coming of the Lord (James 5:8).
NOAH WAS PREPARED TO FACE GOD’S JUDGMENT.