The world of Noah’s time was filled with wickedness and violence. It was everywhere. God decided that the world had reached the point where He needed to make some changes. He would send a flood to destroy all mankind, except for one family. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
God told Noah to build an ark – a giant boat-like structure. 5 stories high and longer than 3 football fields. For 150 years Noah and his family (wife, 3 sons and their wives) built the structure and warned of the future judgment. Though people disregarded and ridiculed him, he prepared the ark for his family. He obeyed God.
God brought animals and Noah into the ark and the rains and floods occurred. For 40 days and nights the water rose until it covered the highest mountains. Noah’s family was safe, floating in the ark. After several months, the ark safely landed in a mountain range. Noah’s family and the animals exited safely.
The summary statement about Noah’s story is: By God’s grace and through Noah’s obedience, one family survived a worldwide flood.
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. (Hebrews 11:7)
The life principle is: By God’s grace and your obedience you and your family can survive any storm.
Before we talk about taking care of your family, we need to make sure you are ready for the personal storms that will come to your life. If you have ever flown on an airplane, you know the safety drill before takeoff. If there is any drop in cabin air pressure, an oxygen mask will drop down. You must first place the oxygen mask on yourself before you assist your children. Why? Because if you are not okay, you cannot help others. So you need to make sure you are ready for a storm. With Jesus, you can survive your personal storms.
You are safer with God in the middle of a storm than you are anywhere else without Him.
In Matthew 7:24-27 Jesus tells us about two people. A foolish man built his house on sand and after a storm his house fell. A wise man built his house on a rock and after a similar storm his house remained. What made the difference? Not the house, nor the storm. The difference was the wise man heard and obeyed. Only as we hear God’s instructions and obey will we survive the storm of life.
Don’t tell God how big your storm is. Tell the storm how big your God is.
What kind of storms are we talking about? There are financial storms, health storms, relationship storms, emotional storms. I suppose there are as many different kinds of storms as there are people. And there are severity of storms. Some storms are more of an inconvenience. Some storms are life-changing. Some storms last a long time. Some storms come up quickly. But with Jesus, we can survive any storm.
To have God in your life doesn’t mean sailing on a boat with no storms. It means having a boat that no storm can sink.
You are not going to avoid the storms of life. They are inevitable. But you must prepare for them. While vacationing in Florida one year, Hurricane Charlie was coming through. We made sure we had a full tank of gas and were told to through the pool chairs in the pool so they wouldn’t be tossed around in the wind. In Michigan, when we have winter storms forecast, we buy lots of food and rent videos.
But there is an ultimate storm. One day Death and Judgment will come to us all.
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27)
It is this storm that we must ultimately prepare for. One day every person will stand before God and all our actions, words, and thoughts will be revealed and made public. If you have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior, all your evil and sinful actions, words, and thoughts have been forgiven. So as God looks through the record of your life, these will be blotted out, removed, and you will appear as perfect. It is because Jesus died to pay for your sins. If you have never received Jesus as your own Lord and Savior, all your evil actions, words and deeds will be presented and you will be found guilty. Because you have sinned against an eternal God, you will face an eternal punishment. You will be forcefully taken and cast into Hell for all eternity. It is only now that you have an opportunity to receive Jesus and avoid this punishment.
The only way to avoid the final judgment is to place your faith in Jesus Christ for the salvation God provides.
God’s wrath is terrible. God’s kindness is incredible. God’s salvation is available.