The Wrong F Word

“Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.” Genesis 6:22

We always talk about having Faith like Abraham, but never Noah. Why? Let me put it into perspective. Never once had the Earth rained before the flood. Genesis 2:5-6 tells us a mist came up from the Earth and watered the Earth. When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground—” Now this explains why no one believed that rain would fall from Heaven to cause a flood to destroy all of mankind because they never saw a raindrop before.

Imagine the faith it took for Noah to not only believe that it would happen, but he spent the next 120 years building an ark. He had not only faith but patience. This is where he and Abraham differ, because Abraham slept with Hagar to try to produce the child God promised, but only caused a problem for the generations to come. Whereas Noah never strayed from God’s plan. He waited with faith, patience, and obedience for 120 years.

Then the ark was finished. The ark was finally complete, but the rain still hadn’t started. Imagine the taunting he received. Imagine the doubt that tried to fill his mind. He just spent 120 years building an ark, but there’s no rain. Not a day after not even two days after. It took seven days after the ark was built, for the rain to come.

Then when they got into the ark, he needed faith again. Faith that when God shut that door, that door stayed shut. That door didn’t budge so that no water would enter the ark.

Then he needed faith that the ark would be able to withstand the aggression of the flood. He needed to have faith that the ark would not overturn or have a crack or leak.

Noah had to trust God about so many things that could very well put his life and the lives of the people he loved in danger. Imagine if we had faith like Noah. Imagine if we expected the best instead of fearing the worst. Imagine if we went out into our everyday life filled with the faith that God would shut us into our call and keep us safe from the flood of sin that plague the Earth.
We tend to walk into things with fear and worry, whether it’s our past we are afraid of coming back to haunt us or the fear of racism or sexism. We go into things with fear, instead of faith.

We’re using the wrong f word. It’s not an easy thing to change the way we think. We’re creatures of habit. But this isn’t an impossible task either. Whenever those fears try to overwhelm us, we have to change that thought. Whether we quote scripture or we pray, or we speak confident/encouraging words, the thought has to change.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Change Your F Word.

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