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When Things Makes No Earthly Sense

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By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. Hebrews 11:7

The unknown writer of Hebrews opens the eleventh chapter of his epistle by defining faith as “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). He then goes on to show what that means through several Old Testament examples.

One of those examples is Noah, who, in obedience to God’s command, built a giant ship called an ark to preserve him, his family, and representatives of every living creature from perishing during the Flood.

Noah’s story is one of amazing faith on the part of one man. When you read god’s instructions to him (see Genesis 6:12-22), you notice that not once did Noah question or test God. The end of this passage simply tells us that, “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:22). And because of his faith and obedience in the face of something he couldn’t yet see, his family and all the animals were saved.

The apostle James tells us that even evil spirits believe in God—and tremble in fear! (James 2:19). Faith, therefore, means not just believing in God, but believing God when He speaks and then acting on His promises and commands even when they don’t make any earthly sense.