There are times in our lives when explicit instruction, commands, are given to us by God and our obedience is timely. In the case of Noah, when God said to enter into the ark with all the animals, his family and provisions, God was not wanting to debate the issue but was ready to close up to any other alternatives. Joshua came to see that just as in the past 40 years of wondering in the wilderness when it came time to now cross over the Jordan and enter the opportunities afforded by the Promise Land, there was no time to waste. God was ready now to place the land into the hands of the Israelites. If they wanted to possess the great promise, now was the time to obey.
Tuesday - Hearts Searched - Matthew 12:25
Jesus is able to read the thoughts of man that come from the heart, the innermost part of a person. After doing the work of God, casting out demons, the Pharisees said that Jesus did this by the power of the devil himself. Jesus shared that every kingdom divided against itself (every divided heart) will fall, it will not stand. In the time of Noah, God had examined the heart of Noah and his family and found and declared them to be righteous as they followed the instructions in building the ark and gathering the animals and the food needed for the time in the ark.
Wednesday - Faith - Daniel 3:17
In this story of the three Hebrew children, they believed so much in the Lord, God that they were not going to give in and bow down to the image of Nebuchadnezzar when the music played. They believed enough that they were willing to face the fiery furnace's heat. Noah and his family were obedient even with the probable ridicule of the neighbors and the peer pressure that was mounting to give up on this foolish project. But Noah knew that even if the rains did not come, he was going to believe in all that God had said and the protection and providence that God would extend to them.
Thursday - Sure Word - Luke 21-33
Jesus declares that in the last days, end times, things as we know it to be will pass away, the heavens and the earth. But He gives His word that the His teachings, the truth that He shares, the promises of God will never pass away. This is the security that we are given; that blessed assurance that we sing about which brings hope and increases faith, brings peace to our hearts and lifts us up out of the darkness into His wonderful light. In the time of Noah the word of God was taken to be unchangeable and a secure foundation to build trust upon in the relationship between God and mankind. God would not let them down for He had said they would be safe and later makes a covenant with Noah that a global, or universal, flood would never come again, that would destroy all.
Friday - Rain - 1 Kings 17:1; 18:1
Rain came for the first time as a judgment of God upon the evil of the world. In the time of Noah God used a rainfall of forty days and forty nights, and the waters of the deep bursting forth, to wash clean the wickedness and violence that He saw among His creation. From that point on rain fell or did not fall by the workings of God. In 1 Kings the prophet Elijah shared the word of the Lord that there would be no rain except at His command, and later it was at the command of God that the prophet's servant told the king to hitch up his chariot and make way to the city for a great rain would come, the first in around three years from a cloud that at first was the size of a man's hand. God has control!
Saturday - Protective Providence - 1 Peter 5:7
Throughout scripture we are informed that God will take care of us in all of our times of need. All we have to do is trust in Him and live like we trust in Him to guide us each and every day. We are informed to cast all our anxiousness upon Him because He will take care of it. We are not to worry. We must walk in the paths He directs us to in order to receive that care, just as Noah had to be obedient and enter the ark at the command of God to be protected from the destruction that was about to happen. God will take care of us if we trust in Him with all of our life.