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God says,

“And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.”

Genesis 6:13-14,

Noah, Build thee an Ark

There was a day, much like any other day, when the sun rose in the east, chasing away the shadows of the night. Noah, a man found to be perfect in his generation, woke much as He’d done every morning for the last five hundred years. Today, however, was different for God spoke to Noah and commanded Him to build thee an Ark.

There are two parts to building an Ark. First, you must hear God and receive His instructions. Secondly, you must believe God and actually do what He says.

Hearing God’s voice

When God spoke to Noah it probably took a few minutes or a few hours, but certainly not more than a day. In a relatively short time, God revealed His plan to save mankind from the destruction that would surely come. The Creator of the heavens and earth, instructed Noah on how to fashion the instrument of our salvation. While surprising and perhaps even terrifying to hear God say “the end of all flesh has come before me” nothing, in the natural realm, really changed that day.

Building the Ark

The second part of building an Ark, or doing anything else in God for that matter, is to actually do what God says. This is often times a lot harder to accomplish than hearing His voice. The Bible states that Noah was five hundred years old at the time God spoke, and was six hundred years old when he entered the finished ark. Therefore, for one hundred years Noah obeyed Gods voice and built the ark according to the vision God gave him.

There comes a time when, after hearing the voice of God, we must also do the voice of God. We cannot neglect to act out our faith. If we fail to do so, not only we but many others around us, may suffer the consequences of our unbelief. What God required of Noah was to put action to His revelation he was given and in doing so, saved the human race.

One hundred years of faith

Moreover, God did not speak to Noah again until he finished building the ark one hundred years later. Once God gives you a command, He may not speak to you again until you have obeyed it. However long it takes you to actually carry out His will, in any given area, may determine when you will hear His voice again. Some people say that they never hear God, but many times that is not entirely true. In the past they have heard God very clearly, but have failed to obey Him and so He has not spoken to then since. Here is a truth,

“Why would God command a second thing if you don’t obey the first thing He says?”

If you have not heard the voice of God in a long time, search your heart and ask yourself if God did speak a word that you have failed to carry out. If that is so, simply doing what God originally said may cause Him to speak again when you have finished your assigned task.

During the building of the ark there was a time where mankind could have repented. Noah was called a ‘Preacher of Righteousness’ and his message was the Ark. I ask you, each one of you that reads these words, is there an ark in your life testifying of things to come? Are you realizing what it means and are you hearing the message that God is speaking from His prophets? or are you eating, drinking, and carrying on with your life as though nothing will ever change?

Those who hear and those who jeer

There comes a day when God says to close up the ark  whether or not others believe. For seven days the ark was shut, for seven days Noah and his family were mocked by those who felt a twinge of fear when the door closed. Though those outside the ark did not know it, the fate of the world sealed.

Brethren, the day fast approaches when God will shut the door to this generation.  At that time, our Lord makes a division made between those who hear and those who jeer. Which side of the door will you be on when it shuts?  Will you have obeyed Gods voice or waste your life without regard for the times and seasons?

Time to hear God’s voice

There is still time while the Ark is being built to hear God’s voice. Pick up your tools and help. No matter how evil this world becomes, be ‘Preachers of Righteousness‘, not in word only, but also in deeds. What we do is sometimes a more powerful than what we speak.  Ultimately, a lot depends upon our simple obedience.  Let us hear God and do the will of our Father, not only for ourselves, but ultimately the whole world.

The Bible: In The Beginning, Noah’s Ark