Noah: Living in Fact and Truth
By ALisa Casas
Being human can be hard. Imagine what it must be like to be a hero. Or, as the Bible puts it, to be “men of renown “(Genesis 6:4b). Noah was one such man; he was a hero of his day. When he was born, his family had great expectations for his future. They named him Noah and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed” (Genesis 5:28b). Noah was destined to accomplish great feats.
Prior to his 600th birthday, very little is recorded about the Noah’s day to day life.
We assume he had some skill as a carpenter and builder. After all, God commissioned him to build one of the most unequaled architectural wonders of the world. We all know that Noah built the Ark, the animals boarded, and Noah and his family then spent the better part of half a year afloat. But, have you ever considered what was going on inside his mind? It was a battle of recognizing fact and truth.
The facts were clear; All other humanity was gone, every animal drowned, all plant life demolished. “Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the Ark (Genesis 7:22-23b). Being witness to the terrible power of a God who would no longer be mocked had to inflict terror in the hearts of Noah and his family. Has this happened to you? Have you been walking in faith and found yourself in circumstances that are frightening or painful?
It did not immediately get easier for Noah. After the rains stopped and the waters had begun to recede, Noah sent out a raven to search for dry land. The raven flew back and forth but found no perch. Neither did a dove that was sent out next. How disheartening this must have been! Noah and his family had been in this boat seeing nothing but each other and water for months. They had to have been getting weary of their circumstances. Sound familiar? Yet Noah waited and several days later sent out another dove. This time the dove returned with an olive branch. The leaf in its mouth tells us that out of the crises and storms of life, the Holy Spirit will bring us an olive branch, today’s universal symbol of peace, in the midst of our conflict (Charisma magazine, 5/1/2013).
God spoke to Noah and told him how to build the ark and how to load it with people, food, and animals. The Bible doesn’t tell us what else God may have said. Yet, we can make an educated guess that He spoke in such a manner that Noah recognized truth and was faithful to walk forward and face the daunting facts about what was going to happen. This is a picture of the challenges we face every day. Do we collapse under the pressure of facts, or walk in victory because we know the truth?
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).
Circumstances are facts. Jesus is truth.
His determination to walk in truth and see beyond circumstances is why Noah will always be referred to as a hero of the faith. I love how the Message version of scripture describes Noah’s heroic belief in truth.
“By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God (Hebrews 11:7 MSG).
The world may not always recognize why we walk in faith and truth. Be encouraged: God sees, and the resulting rewards are His to give.
Are you struggling to keep a balance between fact and truth? Can we pray for you?
ALisa Casas is a passionate Jesus follower, wife to a retired Marine, mother to three daughters and grandmother to one adorable Piper-girl. ALisa is also pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Communications and works as a Studio Operations Manager for a Cable Television Station in Southern Maryland. Her position at the cable station allows her to help spread the good news of people doing amazing things in the name of Jesus. ALisa loves speaking, writing, and sharing the amazing things that God does every day. He is in every detail. While she doesn’t have a website at the moment, she is grateful beyond words to be a part of this ministry and can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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