The story of Noah is one of the most famous stories in the bible. It’s used to speak about the sin of man, the wrath of God, the mercy of God, the love of God, and the salvation of man.
When we look at the ark we see salvation. Those who were alive back then looked at the ark and saw foolishness (and sometimes I can understand why they did see that). When I put myself in their shoes I realized that I might have been one of them who would have been joking at Noah and calling him lunatic. Noah was telling the people that there will be a flood; that it will rain when neither Noah nor those people knew what rain was. God told him that it will rain for forty night and forty days in a whisper deep inside of him.
Angels didn’t appear delivering the message. God didn’t show up in a physical way either. It was a whisper. A warning coming from within and what a warning?! Just put yourself in Noah’s shoes. Now put yourself in his family’s shoes when he was telling them about the ark.
“Hey honey, boys, daughters-in-law, I have something to tell you. God told me to build an ark because it will be raining for forty nights and forty days. He even asked me to get 7 males and 7 females from all species and I have to warn the people that a flood will be coming and if they don’t get on the ark they will perish.”
“Okay honey” His wife might have replied, “When did you see God? How does he look like? A flood? What does flood even mean?”
“Uhhh, I didn’t see God. I heard him whispering inside of me and about the flood, I too have no clue what it means, I have never seen anything like it, but I am sure it will happen, so let’s start working.”
I don’t know how, but Noah was able to convince his family that it was really God speaking to him and that a flood was coming. The work was completed one hundred years later – yes you read it right – not one, two, five, ten, twenty, fifty, or even ninety years. One hundred years believing a whisper. One hundred years being abused by the people around him, mocked at, joked at, laughed at… as the years passed by, I am sure more than one person went to Noah to convince him to stop building the ark specially that it wasn’t raining during the building of the ark. It wasn’t until the work was completed that the rain fell.
Noah got his calling to build an ark. What was the ark for? To save humankind. The ark was the only way to salvation back then. The only thing Noah said to the people was “get on the ark”. That was all the people needed to do to be saved. GET ON THE ARK.
The title of this article is “Build Your Ark”. You too have a calling. God wants you to do great things on this earth. The purpose? It’s like Noah’s ark – to save people. Whether God is calling you to be a housewife, a businessman or woman, a preacher, a doctor, an engineer, a plumber, a carpenter, a teacher, an accountant, an astronaut, a pilot… the main purpose of this calling is to lead people to Jesus.
The ark was the only way to salvation just as Jesus is the only way to salvation “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12)”
Building the ark was Noah’s calling. You too have a calling to build your ark. Live the life God wants you to live. Be a Noah. Hold on to His calling no matter the adversity and challenges. One day the flood is coming and if you don’t build your ark, you might end up perishing with those you were destined to lead into the ark. Take it seriously.