By PASTOR MARK MOLINA
Living Waters Church
Special to the NEWS
Have you ever felt that God has asked you to do the seemingly impossible? Did the assignment seem beyond all reason? Did it seem completely outside of your natural capacities, gifts, talents, resources and experiences? If so, then you can identify with Noah. You can also then accept that if Noah could accomplish the seemingly impossible thing that God asked him to do, then you can to.
Think about this for just a moment. As you read these words let your mind drift to the conversation. What must have been going through Noah’s mind?
“God said to Noah….make yourself an arc….And this is the way you are to make it: the length of the ark shall be 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits [that is, 450 ft. x 75 ft. x 45 ft.]. You shall make a roof or window [a place for light] for the ark and finish it to a cubit [at least 18 inches] above–and the door of the ark you shall put in the side of it; and you shall make it with lower, second, and third stories.” (Genesis 6:15-16 AMP)
Let’s look at this together. Noah did not have a carpentry business. I think we can assume he had some basic building skills. Noah did not have any blueprints to read. Noah did not have an engineering degree. Noah was not educated in Construction Management. Noah did not have a model to view. Noah did not have an army of skilled laborers. Noah did not have the tools on hand or on site. Noah didn’t have cranes, hydraulic lifts, heavy equipment of any kind to lift, pull, transport or set into place any of the framework. He had no resources or experts he could call on for advice, counsel or instruction in the immediate area.
Despite what he didn’t have, Noah had all he needed before him. He had his relationship with the God of all creation, power and might. All of the counsel, instruction, direction, guidance, knowledge and understanding would come from the Throne of God itself. In the midst of a seemingly impossible task God Himself would instruct Noah step by step on what needed to be done.
How would God give this kind of information to Noah after the initial conversation? Morning by morning; day by day. How did Noah know this?
“But Noah found grace (favor) in the eyes of the Lord. This is the history of the generations of Noah. Noah was a just and righteous man, blameless in his [evil] generation; Noah walked [in habitual fellowship] with God.” (Genesis 6:4, 8-9 AMP)
Noah knew this because he “walked (in habitual fellowship) with God.” This is where the relationship was established! This is where the confidence needed to accomplish the seemingly impossible was birthed! This daily walk with God in habitual fellowship is where the knowledge of one another was discovered! This is the only way Noah could not completely panic, refute and disobey the instructions of The Lord! Why? Because Noah knew God and God knew Noah! It was an unbreakable, unshakeable bond between this man named Noah and God Himself.
We all want this type of grace from God. We hear that it is promised to us in every circumstance and situation in life. One televangelist after another is making this statement. I submit to you that is in fact error. The type of grace to be trusted by God has a price that must be paid.
Noah found the grace of God he needed because he was a “just and righteous man, blameless in his (evil) generation; Noah walked (in habitual fellowship) with God.” Beloved, this kind of grace can only be extended and received in our living relationship with God.
The false grace of ease is now being taught from many pulpits because it is non-confrontational. Truth has been replaced by a positive message of half-truths, twisted truth or no truth in at all. It is fear-based.
God gives His grace to accomplish His will for our lives. The grace of God is given to build the arc, not just have a seat on the arc.
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