I have grown SO much spiritually over the summer, and it’s AWESOME! My mind used to wander all the time when I was reading my Bible and during sermons. Not that it doesn’t occasionally, but lately I have been SO focused on what I read and hear about God’s word.
At Thirst No More, the weekly Wednesday night college group associated with Bethel, my church up here in Greeley, we are studying the book of Hebrews 11–the chapter on faith. Rob’s messages have been AWESOME! He said one thing last night that I found interesting, and I thought I’d write about it. Part of last night’s message was on Hebrews 11:7, which says, “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”
Rob talked about the story of Noah and how he built the ark in obedience to God. The ark was God’s way of helping Noah and his family escape from His judgment on man’s wickedness. Many people think that the stories of the Old Testament are “fairy tales” and that they have no relevance to us today. On our road trip to Nashville, Tennessee this past summer, my family listened to a couple of John Piper’s sermons in the car. He stated that EVERYTHING in the Bible is relevant to us, even if we think it is not. Since then, I have been trying to figure out HOW things in the Old Testament can help me today, and it has been AWESOME, let me tell you. Anyway, you’re probably wondering, “How is the story of Noah’s ark relevant to me today?”
God is faithful, and He always provides a way for us to escape His judgment if we have accepted His gift of salvation. The ark was the way of escape for Noah; the cross is the way of escape for us. God sent His only Son to die on the cross for us, and because of that we are able to escape the judgment we deserve in order to spend eternity in heaven with our Lord and Savior! Now THAT is encouraging!