(God said to Noah) “So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high.”
Genesis 6:14 and 15, NIV
Let us take a fresh look at an old story. In fact, be sure to read more than just the verses above. Revisit the entire story of Noah and his magnificent big boat (Genesis 6-9). You are probably thinking: “No way, I know that old story backward and forwards.” Well granted, it is a familiar story.
So let us look at the old story in a new way. Think about what an incredibly strange thing God called Noah to do. Talk about your backyard projects – to build a boat the size of one-and-a-half football fields! No way could Noah hide this ultimate odd job in the garage or workshop. Imagine the neighbors’ questions: “Hey Noah, building a deck, putting in a pool, a gazebo? You are building a what?…a boat?” Now not only had God called Noah, who lived in an arid land, to build a boat that his desert-dwelling neighbors know was hopelessly oversized far away from the small streams of the region, he had called Noah to build history’s first boat. Genesis 1-5 records mankind making great strides. People had constructed towers, built cities, had abilities in agriculture, domesticated livestock, forged implements of iron and bronze and even fashioned musical instruments, but no boats. So old Noah, if he is to be faithful to God’s will, must build a giant boat in the middle of a desert as his neighbors laughed.
The moral of the story…no one likes to look odd. We all like to fit in. We all crave approval. For Noah it was this simple – God’s approval mattered most.
QUESTION: Who are you seeking to please? God, your boss, your peers? You may seem odd to others but how is God asking you to be faithful?