“By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this, he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”
All Bible students know that Noah built an ark. The burning question all his neighbors were asking was, why? Why build an ark since there is no water here to float it in? The fact that Noah built an ark without water to float it in is evidence that he believed that there would be water when he finished. That was Noah’s faith in action. He believed there would be a massive flood that would cover the earth because God told him there would be. The difference between the family of Noah and the rest of the world was the faith exhibited by Noah and the lack of it by the rest of the world.
As a result of Noah’s faith, his entire family, as well as a large number of animal species, were rescued from the danger of a catastrophic flood. Noah’s action of believing faith (always involves action) not only saved his family, but it served as a condemnation to those who would not listen to the warning from God. Again, we see the connection between believing God and obeying God. It was one thing to say you believed and another thing to build an ark without any evidence of a never before seen flood. Trusting in God requires obeying God. Just believing in a flood without building an ark would not save Noah, nor would it save us today.
Task for Today: Trust and obey are the keys to faith. Today believe in Jesus as your savior and do what He commands. Hear His words, “He that believes and is baptized will be saved.” Those who teach that salvation is a faith only thing must include obedience in the faith. You will not be saved by believing unless you act on the belief. You have to build your own ark, or you will perish in the flood.