“And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him.”
Obedience is critical to any relationship with the Lord. If we are going to grow in Christ, experience the promises of God, and effectively witness to others about relationship with Jesus, we must learn obedience. Samuel told Saul that to obey is better than to sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22), and Jesus declared, if we love Him we will do what He says (John 14:15). Noah is a great example of what an obedient life looks like. There are three things that stand out to me about his obedience.
First, Noah did what he was asked to do. When the divine command was uttered, Noah got busy. We do not read of him questioning God about the meaning of rain, or a flood, nor does he argue with God about the difficulty of the task. Instead, Noah got busy and built a boat.
Second, Noah did what he was asked to do, and much more. He was instructed to build an ark, fill it with his family members, and all the beasts of the earth. Noah did as he was told, but did not stop there. Peter informs us, Noah was a preacher of righteousness (2Peter 2:5). As he prepared the ark, he also preached to the people. He warned them of the coming judgment, and of the way of escape. True obedience will never cause us to do the minimum. Instead, a heart that wants to please the Lord, will do all things heartily as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23) .
Finally, Noah relied upon the Spirit of God. God’s commands were impossible for Noah to accomplish in his own strength. Gathering together all of the animals, including the birds of the air, was a task way too big for any man. If you do not think so, take a quick break, run outside and try to catch a bird. The only way he could obey, was to rely upon the Lord. Instead of looking at the impossible, he understood there is nothing to hard for God (Jeremiah 32:17). Too often, we only see the impossibility of a task and fail to see the power of God. It is no more difficult for God to help you quit smoking, overcome addiction, share Christ with a relative, or serve in a Sunday school class, than it was for Him to get the animals to line up and march. In fact, it seems the animals always do what God asks, and it is only man who is often too foolish to obey.
Don’t get caught up with why you can’t, get caught up in Him who can.