Total Obedience

So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him (Genesis 6:22).

How many of us are willing to do whatever God asks us to do even if it seems ridiculous or outlandish?  Noah was a good man who lived among wicked people.  He had a close relationship with God.  When God told him that to build an ark because He was going to destroy the world in a flood, Noah did what he was told without asking any questions or voicing any objections.  He must have known that his neighbors and the people in the village would make fun of him but he obeyed God anyway.  God told him, “Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing. Everything on earth will die!  But I solemnly swear to keep you safe in the boat, with your wife and your sons and their wives” (verses 17 & 18). 

Noah set about building an ark that was to house him, his family and many animals.  It must have taken him a long time to build and during that time, the people must have jeered him, calling him crazy and telling him that there wasn’t going to be any flood.  But Noah built the ark.  He believed what God told him and was preparing for the inevitable.

Obedience is not always easy especially when people make us feel as if we are doing something crazy.  God told the prophet Isaiah, the Lord told Isaiah son of Amoz, “Take off all your clothes, including your sandals.” Isaiah did as he was told and walked around naked and barefoot (Isaiah 20:2).  Isaiah did this for three years (verse 3).  Can you imagine walking around naked to get a message across?  These men were willing to obey God even if it meant looking foolish in the eyes of others.  They were more interested in pleasing God than worrying about what others might say or think.

What would you do if God asked you to do something that seemed impossible or strange?  Would you be like Noah and just do it? 

Heavenly Father,

Help us to obey You in all things even when we don’t understand the reasons behind them.  Let our trust and faith in Your goodness be enough.  We know that You would not ask us to do anything that is unlike You.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  AMEN.


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