Andy Hollifield 5-25-18
Genesis 7:1 And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
Why did God never tell Noah to go into the ark? That seems like a ridiculous question because we have heard from our childhood about Noah’s ark. It’s a fact though, God never told Noah to go into the ark. In Genesis 7:1 he told him to “come” into the ark. I guess Noah must have been relieved to know that God was already inside the ark. It only makes since that is where he would be because every ship needs a captain. Another thing I never found in this story is that Noah was piloting the ark. There wasn’t even a bridge for the captain to be in nor was there a rudder on the ark. It takes a real captain to steer a ship without a rudder especially in a torrential storm. As I read on down to Genesis 7:16, I noticed that God also shut him in. Then I moved on over to chapter 8 and verse 16, and found when the time came to leave the ark, God told him to “Go forth.” Again, if God had of been outside the ark he would have said “Come.”
You may be wondering what all of this has to do with us. That is where it really starts getting good. In Genesis chapter 6 we find out the reason Noah was on the ark to begin with. Verse 8 tells us that “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Verse 9 tells us he was a just man and perfect meaning his heart was set on pleasing God. Noah wasn’t perfect as far as never having made a mistake or committed sin. He proved that by being guilty of drunkenness and nakedness after the ark experience was finished. See, God doesn’t require sinless perfection but only a heart set on pleasing him. Also, he never leaves us to ride out our storms alone but is always with us piloting our ship. He has never lost anyone at sea in the middle of their storm. We always land safely on the other side when we let him guide our ship.
Your storm may be rough and your ship may get battered but God put you there and shut you in. The storm will end and the sun will shine again. Where is God? Right where he has always been, right beside of you. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!