Man prides himself in what he builds. It is his trophy on the shelf, a staple of hard work and dedication. Soft hands and fishy handshakes are not welcomed to the builder of great things. His tools are his closest friends and his materials are common companions, but at the end of the day his greatest joy is found in his product. He is proud of his work, and his labor merits a good night’s rest.
Noah however was not your typical builder. God asked him to be the head contractor of a rather unusual project.
The Lord, in divine judgment, would soon mercifully put an end to the violence of the earth and would use Noah to redeem life in the new beginning. A great flood would destroy mankind, save Noah and his family. For “…the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh” (Genesis 6:3).
God asked Noah to build a boat like none other. This wasn’t just your average fishing boat; this was a vessel dedicated to extreme navigation through tempestuous waters. It was 75 feet wide, 450 feet long, and 45 feet high! Can you imagine the ridicule that Noah faced with such an outrageous task?
“Water falling from the sky? Ha! That has never happened before, and it’s not going to start now. Just give it up, you crazy old man!”
“Look! He has brainwashed his own kids! They are helping him build that huge boat! The whole family is crazy!”
“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord…Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:8-9).
Noah realized that the task which God had ordained him to do was much more important than the opinions of other people. He was faithful in his task and preached salvation to the world for 120 years. In divine providence, God supplied all that was supposed to be in the ark. And when the drops of judgment began to fall, He shut the door so that no man could open it. All that was saved from the flood was the animals, Noah, and his family. Think of that! The only converts that Noah had in 120 years of ministry were his family.
To most that sounds like a wasted life. So much hard work for only eight souls. But when a life is in the hands of God, it can be constructed to be something of eternal value. Many of God’s children are so busy building their own lives that they have failed to see that God has already laid out a blueprint for them. Noah may not have had all the niceties of those around him, but by placing his tools in the Master Builder’s hands, he was named the “heir of righteous which is by faith” (Hebrews 11:7).
What are you building today? Are you scurrying through the day trying to build your own life? Or are you allowing God to construct your mind through His Word? Noah walked with God like his great grandfather Enoch and, in return, built a life that was pleasing to his Heavenly Father. If you will place what God has given you back into His hands, He will build your life into the greatest structure of all—the image of Jesus Christ!