Thursday, September 1, 2011

Shipbuilding in the Desert

By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn't see, and acted on what he was told. Hebrews 11:7a (Msg)

Image this scene:  One day God comes to Noah and says, "I'm going to flood the world and start over with your family, so I want you to build a giant ship that will save you and the animals."  
What would your reaction have been to God's request?  Noah could have immediately started complaining and questioning God.  After all, he had never seen rain before, he was hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, and how was he supposed to round up all these animals and then care for them?

But Noah didn't complain or make excuses.

As a result, Noah became intimate with God.  
Hebrews 11:7b (Msg)

Trusting God means having faith that He knows what is best for your life, even when it doesn't make sense.  

It took Noah 120 years to build the ark. 120 years!  God told Noah that He was going to send a flood and 120 years later it still hasn't even rained. I'm sure he faced many discouraging days, yet Noah continued to trust God. 

In what areas of your life do you need to trust God completely? 

Has God asked you to build a ship in the desert?

Many blessings,

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  1. Excellent Post. I want to be the person that Trusts God With the radical, even when I haven't seen His promise fulfilled for 120yrs of ridicule, but I have a hard time trusting me with something so huge when I struggle with even the simplest commands. Like being a fisher of men, or having Godly humility. etc. LOVE this Post! thank you!

  2. I've been reminded because of a talk with my son that we need to trust God when we are anxious and fearful. He desires to calm our fears and fill us with His courage!

  3. This seems to be the theme of the day. Fear and trust. God is working on me to release my fears and trust in Him. Great encouragement!

  4. Thanks Lisa...I needed to read this today!

  5. Love your insight into this! It's a great reminder of the need for patience. God's timing is not always ours. Thanks!
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  6. The story of Noah has been on my heart all week! We shouldn't get discouraged in whatever God has called us to do... it might take a long time to see it through! We need to stay the course and trust whatever His plans may be. Love it :) Blessings!

  7. I love Noah's Faith. God is asking me to build a ship in the desert for sure and I want to have the faith stand my ground until I see fruit from it. Great post!

  8. Hi Lisa - I really like what you say here - Trusting God means having faith that He knows what is best for your life, even when it doesn't make sense. That is what it boils down to. He sees the big picture, so we need to trust Him. Great post
    God bless

  9. Lisa, great post. The question about what areas do we need to trust God completely is timely. Thanks.

  10. Excellent post Lisa. That kind of blatant, unwavering faith in our Lord is what we all strive to find... Such a powerful testament to what we can achieve when we give it all to Him!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  11. Wonderful post and great reminder. 120 years, wow! To think I have a hard time trusting and leaning on Him for weeks at a time. Thanks for sharing.


  12. Lisa,

    I love the story of Noah, it is such a testimony to be obedient even when it looks ridiculous, He may tell us to do something today, and we will not see the fruit of it until years later.

    Blessings to you Lisa.

  13. Love this! Noah trusted God for something to happen that had never occurred before...if I'm not mistaken, it had never rained before the flood! What faith!