I’m sure most of us have already heard the story of “The Great Flood” in the bible. It’s all about Noah and his Ark, right?
Just recently, i came to realize that we can learned a lot of lessons in this story and one of the most important lesson is all about trusting God.
Let me share to you a summary of the story, which I got from About.com, first before we pick-up the lessons. Here it is…
Noah’s Ark and the Flood – Story Summary:
God saw how great wickedness had become and decided to wipe mankind from the face of the earth. However, one righteous man among all the people of that time, Noah, found favor in God’s eyes. With very specific instructions, God told Noah to build an ark for him and his family in preparation for a catastrophic flood that would destroy every living thing on earth.
God also instructed Noah to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, both male and female, and seven pairs of all the clean animals, along with every kind of food to be stored for the animals and his family while on the ark. Noah obeyed everything God commanded him to do.
After they entered the ark, rain fell on the earth for a period of forty days and nights. The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days, and every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out. As the waters receded, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. Noah and his family continued to wait for almost eight more months while the surface of the earth dried out.
Finally after an entire year, God invited Noah to come out of the ark. Immediately, he built an altar and worshiped the Lord with burnt offerings from some of the clean animals. God was pleased with the offerings and promised never again to destroy all the living creatures as he had just done. Later God established a covenant with Noah: “Never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” As a sign of this everlasting covenant God set a rainbow in the clouds.
Now, two main lessons that we should learn from this story are as follows:
1.) Noah had a strong and firm faith in God that he obeyed everything that God said without any hesitation even though there’s no strong indication yet for a great flood to possibly happen. When we have faith like this, amazing results will just show up. Believe that with God, all things are possible!!!
2.) God’s purpose in the flood was not to destroy people, but to destroy wickedness and sin. This only shows that God truly loves His people and that He wants us to always follow the right track to avoid wickedness and sin as much as we can. Another thing, despite the times that we become wicked and fall for sins, God is always there for us and wants us to repent as soon as we realized that what we’re doing is not in accordance of His will for us. He will always be in our side to guide us on the right thing to do. All we need is to respond to His call and listen to His guidance.
Keep these lessons in your mind and make God the center of your life. Apply these in your everyday living, with whoever you meet, in whatever you do and wherever you are. As the quote goes… “In everything you do, always put God first!”