It is so easy for us to read back on the stories throughout the bible and critique characters and decisions. “Well I would’ve done this.” we say, or “No way I would ever do that.”
Every single time I hear that I can’t help but laugh because I know 110% if Noah was instructed to build the Ark in 2017 and he warned us that the world was about to be flooded, we would throw him into an insane asylum before he had the chance to finish his sentence. We would pay him no more attention than we do the occasional sign on the street corner that says “The End is Near.” You know the ones, they are always on white board with black paint and every time we see it, we make a joke about it but on the inside our anxiety jumps up just a little because internally we know that “the end” is inevitable. And right at that moment that we drove past that sign, we weren’t ready. So we make a joke to soothe our anxiety, while that small voice in our head responds to that sign, “I sure hope not.”
“So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6: 7-8
GUYS HE REGRETTED MAKING US. The world was so evil during that time that he regretted our entire existence. Let. That. Sink. In. There are two reasons why I’m focusing on this bit of information.
- We owe Noah the biggest thank you ever. Is there even a hallmark card for ‘Thank You for saving our species’?
- Here, in 2017, our generation of people are extremely more corrupt and evil than the generation during Noah’s lifespan. The United States alone, as much as I love my country, is so corrupt that we make Sodom and Gomorrah look like the last episode of friendly family television before the clock hits 11:00 and switches right to adult swim.
My point of this is, we have done enough to deserve that punishment. Our sin is great enough. By the grace of God, by his unending love and merciful heart, he was willing to sacrifice his son so that we would be saved and our sins would be covered! It took me years to understand the point of Jesus’ crucifixion but it’s that. It was so we would never have to suffer in the way that we truly deserve based on our sinful nature. But even still, lets gain some perspective here. More often than not, we find ourselves wondering if we are doing good enough. “Am I doing what God wants me to do? Am I following him the way he has instructed me to?” Being the humans that we are, we rationalize EVERYTHING, especially our sin. We could believe that we are firmly on this path of righteousness and faith but in all reality could be so blind to our ways that we could be drowning in sin and have no idea. So how do we receive our “pinch you’re awake” moment if we are not aware of the fact we are asleep? We have to swap up our perception for just a few seconds.
- What if God hadn’t sent Jesus to die on the cross?
- What if Noah hadn’t been born yet, and God intended for him to start his ark today?
- What if “the end is actually near?”
- Would you be chosen to build the ark because of our devotion to our Lord?
- Would you enter the ark if granted passage?…. Or would you chuckle, call him crazy, and go about your day?
- Would you have anything left to repent for?
- What if today was the day?
“From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 4:17