Today we are going to be discussing the book of Genesis. In it, we read the story of Noah and his Ark.
Let's think about the circumstances. This happened years and years ago. Noah was an "ordinary man", and he was supposed to build a massive vessel that was capable of housing hundreds of animals? Impossible. But God still chose this man and entrusted him with an incredible responsibility. Now, I'm sure Noah took a moment to think and even question what was asked of him. "What is an ark?" he probably asked. "Why am I building this? What will people think?" The purpose might not have been clear to Noah.
What was the purpose?
It had to be confusing! Not to mention, this man was over six hundred years old. Talk about obedience. Some believers even share the idea that it had not rained at all up that point; they did not know what rain was! Genesis 2: 5-6 says: "When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, neither wild plants nor grains were growing on the earth. For the Lord God had not yet sent rain to water the earth, and there were no people to cultivate the soil. Instead, springs came up from the ground and watered all the land." These people had no idea what rain was, and they probably thought Noah was out of his mind!
When faced with this situation, Noah might not have seen the bigger picture to begin with, but he knew the journey would be difficult. And in the end, his obedience helped him receive the covenant from God. Upon reading this story in the Bible, we can be sure that simply trusting God will make all the difference. While that may be easier said than done, it is worth it.
Now let's apply this to our lives.
Building anything, figuratively and literally, is not always simple, but you have to gain a new perspective and see the bigger picture. Think about architects; they work day and sometimes night to build some of the largest and elaborate structures in the world. But do they go about it blindly? No. They plan, they prepare, and the outcome is amazing.
So what are you building?
I believe God sees you as an architect. What is it that you want? Whatever you want to achieve or obtain requires the right mindset and preparation. God will take what you put forth, match it, and multiply. But that first step is taking the risk. We read that Noah sacrificed everything he knew, and he did not even know why he was doing it.
You will face these moments more often than you realize. God will ask something of you and you will question Him. It is only natural to do so because at the moment you will not see the bigger picture. But God always has that in mind--He created it. He is the artist!
In acting class the other day, my acting coach told us something that is so simple yet so profound that I have to share. He said, "Your future will only live in what you build."
Let's face it, you will not see the purpose of any journey when you first start out. But God will reveal it to you along the way. What you do with that revelation is up to you.
So ask yourself this: what am I building?