Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.” Genesis 6:11-14
Have you read in Genesis about Noah and the ark recently? Noah’s story has a powerful lesson for you and the world to learn.
Today, please read the story of Noah in Genesis (Chapters 6-9), comparing your stand to what God told Noah to do. God chose Noah to do His will. God needed someone to listen and obey Him during Noah’s time and He also needs you and me during our time to make a difference. Obedience is not as easy as we think, especially when we are told to do what is contrary to our culture and the world’s standards. Noah obeyed God, regardless of what his family, friends or anyone else said. He listened to God’s voice and followed God’s instructions.
Can you imagine the consequences if Noah had not obeyed God and did not go into the ark at the time God commanded or instructed him to go? As I read about Noah again, you and I always think of the pictures of the two different kinds of animals that follow up the ramp to go into the ark. Imagine all those animals listening and obeying God to get on the ark at the right time!
“You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them. Noah did everything just as God commanded him. Genesis 6:19-22
I know personally that the Lord told me to pray for Bob before we got the divorce, but the circumstances and comments from my friends confirmed for me what I wanted to hear. I had a right to have a better life. I became hard-hearted, bitter, resentful, and allowed hatred and anger to grow in my heart. I chose to live my life “my way, instead of God’s way.” I chose to listen to others and disobey God.
Our Lord did truly hear the cry of my heart and He knew deep down that I “did not” want the divorce, but I did not know what to do – so the Lord sent a messenger with His good news. Our Lord God sends messengers to each of us, even though they may not be a glowing angel. My messenger arrived two months after our divorce, at our church, with a couple sharing their testimony of a restored marriage.
That was the beginning of my Spiritual Journey. The Lord got my attention first and started changing my heart. The world today says if you have marriage problems, throw in the towel and try another marriage. The solution is to believe that your Lord God can touch and change two hearts and the circumstances that you are facing today in your marriage.
“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17
What is the Lord speaking to you? Ask the Lord to open your spiritual eyes and ears to hear His divine instructions for your marriage. God does restore marriages!
What if Noah had not listened or obeyed the Lord? What would have happened to his family? The Lord told Noah specifically how to build the ark, what to do and how to do it. Has the Lord been giving you scriptures for hope and direction for you, for your prodigal and for your family? Are you choosing to listen, believe and obey Him?
What if you really did not hear from God? I want to remind you that when the Lord starts speaking to you through scriptures, music, or many other ways, do not listen to anyone else! The Lord has told you what He is going to do and what you are to do. God told Noah He would save His entire family and told Noah His plan. You have been chosen by the Lord and you are the link the Lord has chosen to use to save your spouse, your family and generations to come. The Lord will give you every detail you need to know or do in preparing and restoring your marriage.
You may go to family, friends, pastors, or counselors for confirmation and encouragement for what you are doing. You are told there is no guarantee that your spouse will come home. You are reminded by others that your husband or wife have their own free will. If you get discouraged, remember the enemy is trying to cause confusion and for you to be double-minded, for you to give up your stand. Your family and friends may never truly understand.
Noah was a man of faith and that is what the Lord is asking and teaching you to be today. Are you going to listen to the world or are you going to believe what the Lord has told you He will do? God did not change His mind when the ark was half finished. Today, persevere, don’t give up, seek His face and He will guide and direct your pathway to see your restored marriage and His rainbow!
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