Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark so that it rose above the earth. – Genesis 7:17
When he was 500 years old, Noah and Mrs. Noah had three sons. They were named Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Out of all of the people alive at the time, Noah’s family found favor in the sight of the Lord. For 100 years, Noah and his family worked daily to build a gigantic boat, a boat that God would use to save this little family of just eight people.
Along the way, surely Noah must have wondered. “What is the purpose of all of this? Everyday people mock us. ‘You crazy old coot. Why are you working so hard? Oh, that’s right, now I remember. God told you to build this, whatever it is.’” Turning to the others who watched the ark being built day after day, Noah may have even asked himself, “Did I hear that right? Is this what God told me to do?”
Waiting is such a hard thing for me to do. I am impatient with my family, myself, and even God. “How long, Oh Lord?” is a frequent cry of my heart. The truth is that a lot of the time, I don’t get an answer. Really?
For almost 2,000 years, followers of Jesus have wondered about an event taught about by Paul, and realized by Noah.
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cshout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
At the close of the Church Age, Jesus will leave heaven to come and claim His bride and take her to be where He is forever. The dead in Christ shall rise first. Then all who believe who are still alive will be gathered to Him in the air. At that moment in time, there will no believers on earth.Nota single follower of Jesus will be left behind on planet earth.
None, zip, nada!
Whether I like it or not, frequently God’s answer to my questioning prayer is silence. No more needs to be said. He has already spoken. Scripture is clear. The die is cast, the future is sealed. His silence forces me to come to the same realization that Noah did. I am not God. I must wait upon Him. While I wait, my only worthwhile course of action is to do what He has already told me to do.
I am to wait, work, and watch.
Think About It
1. On what basis were Noah and his family saved from the certain physical destruction that was to come? Was it their belief in God or their works?
2. James tells us, “Faith without works is dead?” What role do our “works” play our faith life?