Monday, August 06, 2007
|Day 5||Noah||Genesis 6:1-9:17|
Did you know that there were a couple of snakes on the ark with Noah, that disembarked along with all the other animals? They heard the command just like the rest, to “Go forth and multiply.” Of course, all the animals did what they were told, but when Noah went back to check on these two snakes he noticed that they weren’t living up to their responsibility. All the other animals were raising their young but these two snakes still had none. So, Noah asked them if there was anything he could do to help and they told him that they needed him to chop down a couple of trees for them. Well, he did and sure enough, just a little while later they were raising their own little hatchling. Noah had to ask, “Why did you need me to chop down the tree?”
“Well,” they responded. “We’re adders, we need logs to multiply”
(HT: Joel) ————————————-
There’s a lot about the story of Noah that makes it sound like a J.R.R. Tolkien novel. But the thing that stands out to me is the repetition of the phrase, “Noah did everything God commanded him to do.” Can you imagine having that as your life summary, the epitaph they put on your tombstone? I often make excuses that if I could just hear clearly and plainly the will of God, the plan or instructions for my “ark”, I would easily obey. There’s two problems with that:
- God’s plans aren’t the easy way. Even though I’ve seen many a rendition of Noah and the ark, we have no idea what kind of guy he was like. We can only speculate that he must have looked like a crazy old man building a boat in the middle of the desert. It couldn’t have been easy for him to step out and answer God’s call. It’s not easy for us either. His plan is the right way, the best way, but in the eyes of the world, it will almost always be the crazy way.
- God’s plans are clearly and plainly spelled out. We just have to listen. I always go back to a lesson I learned from one of the devotionals in Oswald Chamber’s, “My Utmost for his Highest.” A Christian must eventually come to the point that they no longer need to ask what God’s will is, they simply do their own will, because it has become so aligned with God’s that there is no difference. How does that happen? Through his word, but more importantly, through time with him.Will I do the crazy will of God? Will they say about me when I am gone, “Scott did everything God commanded him to do”? That seems like a worthy goal in life.