I’ve been thinking a lot about Noah lately.
I have to believe that the days we are living in are eerily reminiscent of his moment in time.
The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time (Genesis 6:5).
God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So, God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So, make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it…I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you” (Genesis 6:12-18).
Now let me paint you a picture: for 120 years the people of Mesopotamia went about their daily lives having never even seen rain, passing by this crazy man hanging off the side of the ludicrously large boat he was building, yelling about an imminent flood that would cover and destroy the entire Earth.
Every blow of his hammer and very drag of his saw echoed throughout the land sounding a call to ministry and repentance.
I can almost audibly hear the foul godlessness and the vulgar mocking of their unbelief. When I close my eyes, I can see them walking by hissing their repulsive, sarcastic profanity. In the same scene, I can also see an unbothered Noah diligently hammering away, meeting them with the truth and grace he had been equipped with, confident in the work to which God had called him.
And the best part? Noah had never seen rain either, but he said yes to God anyway.
By faith, being warned by God concerning events yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith (Hebrews 11:7).
Being thousands of years in hindsight of this story, not only do we have biblical proof, but we have historical and physical evidence that the flood did indeed come, and God did exactly what he said He would; because He always makes good on His promises.
Here’s where we come in:
But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man (Matthew 24:37-39).
I believe that we are living on the very threshold of eternity.
I believe that heaven is being prepared to give birth to glory.
I believe that now is the time more than ever, even in the face of persecution, to be bold and undignified in our faith.
I believe that if you don't have a relationship with Jesus He wants to meet you where you are; He wants you to know and live in His freedom. There is still time. He loves you so much.
I believe that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess.
I believe that the heart of the Lord is broken.
I believe that the rain is coming.
Please, don't miss the boat.
By Lauren Black Bragg. This article first appeared on the Stand.