Genesis 6:9-16 “Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God…. Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt. So God said to Noah … “Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior. Make the boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. Leave an 18-inch opening below the roof all the way around the boat. Put the door on the side, and build three decks inside the boat; lower, middle and upper.”
God gave Noah the floor plan, the material and the tools he needed to build this boat that would save him and his family.
His instructions were very clear, very detailed – God gave Noah everything, all Noah had to do was to build it.
The Bible states that the people were godless and wicked, practicing every fleshly desire – they mocked Noah and laughed at him, shaking their heads as they passed by his building project. He was kilometers away from any water and it didn’t look like it was going to rain any time soon!
Noah didn’t budge; he didn’t give in to their mockery – every time they invited him for a party, he said ‘No, I’m Busy Building My Boat!’ He stood on the Word he received from God – knowing that the storm is coming, and when it does; he’d better be ready!
Child of God, in this world we live in, sin is like a rising ocean around us; everywhere people are practicing every sinful thought that comes into their minds; sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, witchcraft, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, anger, selfish ambition, angry disagreements, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, gambling, blasphemy, bending the truth, and the like!!
People have no reverence to our LORD.
But in this tidal wave of filth that surrounds us all, God made a way for you and me and anyone who hears His voice calling… warning… crying! To escape; to be freed; to be saved from this ocean of sin!!
God gave us the Floor Plan; a solid Rock – Christ Jesus! Jesus is the Cornerstone, the Foundation that we have to build our boat upon!
God gave us all the building material that we will need to build this boat – let’s call it ‘The Boat of Life’!
The building material? * Prayer * Bible Study * Righteousness * Faith * Sowing Seeds (spreading the Gospel of Jesus) * Fellowship with the body of Christ (church attendance & involvement) * Good Fruit (fruits of the Holy Spirit) * Devotion * Fellowship with God (quiet time with God) * Sound Doctrine
God gave us everything we need, the only thing that we need to do is to build.
You and I have to do the building. Noah had to build the ark by himself, his sons might have helped him, but that’s it – the onus was on him to fulfill God’s commandment and likewise, it is your responsibility or rather instruction from God to do the building.
The Church is not going to build your boat for you.
The preachers and pastors are not going to build your boat for you.
You have the tools
You have the building material
You have clear instructions
You have to build
Noah faced many trials – people mocked him, cursed him, tempted him to quit; don’t think for one second he had it easy!
People might think your crazy for not going to a party with them – they will laugh at you, mock you, call you names, some will even try and convince you that all religions pray to the same God just to stop you from building your boat, you will be tempted and reminded of your past.
You might even get tired and frustrated, but don’t quit! Don’t give up! Keep on building – because the storm is coming.
And when it does, your boat better be ready!!!
PRAYER – God, I stand in front of You today to thank You for the floor plan, building material and instructions on how to build my boat. I know that I cannot do this on my own and ask that You guide me every step of the way in order to be ready when the storm comes. AMEN