Faith Happens Inside the Ark

I want you to build an ark, Noah.rainy day

A what?

There is going to be a flood, Noah.

A what?

God asked Noah to create something that no one had ever seen because He was about to do something He had never done. And, Noah? Well, he was obedient and did all that God instructed Him to do.

Every child that ever went to Sunday School knows this story, right? We have the righteous Noah, the ark and all of the animals. It’s such a cute story.

Yes, it is cute and inspiring. Then, we have this:

And the Lord shut him in. - Genesis 7:16

Just imagine Noah watching the door close and not fully comprehending what was about to happen. The rain begins to beat against the boat and the waves begin to get rocky.

Do you want to know something that never occurred to me before? Noah was on the ark a long, long time. He was in the ark for 370 days. The Lord shut him in and, then, nothing except wind and waves for over a year.

See, building the ark was not the difficult part.  Did people understand what he was doing?  No.  Did folks laugh at him and call him crazy? Probably.  But,  that was not the hard part.  After all, Noah had a clear word from the Lord and he was going with it.

The part that is completely overlooked is what happened between the Lord shut him in and God remembered Noah (Genesis 8:1.)

Do you want to know what happened?  He waited. And he waited. And, then, he waited some more.

Come on now…someone wants to testify.

The Lord tells him to get into this boat.  He shuts him in and then silence.  Can you even imagine?  Of course you can – because we have all had our moments of waiting on the Lord.

Faith is not building the ark.  Faith is what happens inside the ark.  Faith is not being able to see the Lord at work, but knowing that He is and that He will remember you.

Faith is waiting, my friends, and it isn’t always easy. But, He is so worthy of your wait.

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Stacy Edwards is a trucker’s daughter and a pastor’s wife. She is a freelance writer and a mom to four fabulous little girls. Stacy blogs at Servant’s Life where she uses her words to point others to the hope and encouragement found in Christ.

Comments

  1. Stacy thank you! I am in tears because God used you to speak this healing word to my soul! I have been crying out last night and this morning about this stage I am in of waiting. I built and did what God commanded and doors were open all around then all of a sudden this past year has been waiting…It is a new stage in the process of guardianship and adoption…has been a life changing year on my heart but I am ready finally to move into those roles again but nothing….So I am confused but know it is Him who opens doors so I wait. This has encouraged me so much! Thank you for your obedience to Him in writing. Hugs!!

    • Thank you for your sweet words, Angela. My heart goes out to you in your season of waiting. I’m praying for you, today. May He use your waiting to bring Himself glory.

  2. Wow! Stacy, I think this article is my FAVORITE out of all of your writings. It certainly speaks to me and this waiting season that God has introduced me to. Thank you for sharing and for you faithfulness and service to our Lord!! :)

  3. Lou Ann says:

    Hebrews 7:11 — maybe faith is both building and waiting :)