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The Mocked Boat Builder

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"Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior. Make the boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. Genesis 6:14-15 NLT

Imagine living in a time, place, and culture where the only people who believed in God were your immediate family. When you mentioned God to neighbors, friends, and even extended family members, they thought you were delusional. After all, no one could recall ever seeing or hearing God, and the only one talking about Him was building a huge boat on dry land.

It took Noah several decades to build the boat described in Genesis 6. He likely suffered through just as many years of ridicule by building a boat that only made perfect sense to God. Noah bore the weight of negative public opinion. If there were polls, Noah paid no attention. If neighbors wanted to argue. Noah just put his back into his work.

If you find yourself being mocked because you follow God, remember Noah. God never asks you to do something that doesn’t serve a purpose. Follow His Word. Follow His steps. Follow His plan. He’s leading you somewhere you could never find on your own. It’s a protection. It’s a blessing.

Prayer: Father when people argue with me, it’s easy to argue with You. When I believe I’ve misunderstood Your plan, help me endure the hard-to-believe steps.