2 Chronicles 28-29
John 17

“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…’” 
—Genesis 6:13-14

How many of us would say that we have stayed the course and done everything that God commanded us? As we consider the life of Noah, Genesis 6:22 tells us, “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” This is a remarkable verse. Why? If we read what goes before, we learn that God gave Noah specific instructions on how to build an ark and the preparations that he needed to make in preserving his life and the life of the animals that he was supposed to bring with him. Although Scripture does not disclose how long it took for Noah to build the ark, some Bible scholars estimate it was probably somewhere between 75 to 100 years. Could we imagine getting up every morning faithfully drinking our coffee and then going to hone our carpentry skills as we build a boat that is the size of one and a half football fields on dry land?
Yet, Noah was faithful in completing the task that God gave him. We could probably imagine people walking up to Noah and asking him what he is up to and Noah would tell them that God is going to flood the earth because it is so wicked and violent, but these people would laugh at Noah, ridiculing the work he is doing and then walk off. Did Noah ever doubt what God called him to do in his own heart?
In the New Testament, the author of Hebrews tells us, “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family” (Hebrews 11:7). Noah built an ark by faith, believing God’s Word to him, even when he could not see it. He was building in the blind, building about things not yet seen.
Can we imagine how difficult it was for Noah to stay the course for 75 to 100 years on something he had not seen, just holding onto the words that God spoke to him? Noah stayed the course by walking with God and in His strength. Even when everyone thought he was crazy, in a life of worship he remained faithful to God’s Word. Noah walked with God and found favour in His sight.
Maybe we are facing some adversity in our life, or we have some challenges going on or we have gone on for a while alone and our faith is just holding on by a thread. A life of worship stays the course because it has got its eyes fixed on the right object of worship. Like Noah, may we remain faithful to what God has called us to do and stay the course.
Dear Heavenly Father, no matter what adversity and challenge that I face, I ask for Your strength to stay the course. Please increase my faith in You I pray. Thank You, Lord.

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