Heroes of Faith: Hebrews 11
Heroes of Faith: Noah
Heroes of Faith: Noah
How can we effectively live our calling in an ever-increasing rebellious and unholy world? Noah’s life can give us insights.
Noah lived at a time when the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. (Gen. 6:5, 11)
The world was dark with sin. However, Noah was a single ray of light. He had faith in God as Creator, Sovereign, and Savior, responding to him in obedience. Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. (Gen. 6:8 ESV)
The Lord proclaimed, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matt. 5:14 ESV)
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 ESV)
Noah forces us to consider two realities of righteousness.
- God gives righteousness to us through Jesus received by faith. (Rom. 3:21-22)
- We determine, in faith, to walk in the righteousness given to us by God. (Eph. 2:8-10)
We must all trust that God provides saving grace to all who place faith in him alone and are faithful to walk empowered by his Spirit in his righteous ways. Noah lives with such trust. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. (Gen. 6:9 ESV)
7 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as 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. (Heb. 11:7 ESV)
Faith, by the words of God, sees the unseen.
By faith, Noah saw the unseen judgment and salvation of God and the means of it through God’s word.
Faith, by reverential awe, radically obeys God.
Noah reverenced God to the extent that he was unwilling to disobey him.
You and I live more gloriously as our reverence for God deepens. So, you may consider how to increase your holy fear of God.
Noah’s deep reverence for God was the provocation for his radical obedience.
Faith, by God’s purpose, saves some and condemns others.
God’s message through Noah had been one of warning and opportunity—of judgment and salvation. The same is true today. The gospel is God’s message of judgment and mercy.
The word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Cor. 1:18 ESV)
It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment. (Heb. 9:27 ESV)
37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. (Matt. 24:37-39 ESV)
The tragedy’s toll on the human spirit can be heart-breaking. Being dismissive of the suffering is no more helpful than being overwhelmed by it. We must consider what is happening in the world under the providential sovereignty of God and what response the Holy Spirit requires of us. God empowers us to handle such brokenness with supernatural faith—a faith beyond human capacity that is not limited to or sourced from our experiences.