Total Obedience

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The story of Noah’s ark is one that many have heard of, especially if you’ve attended Sunday school before. While this Bible story makes me reminisce the brief period when I attended Sunday school, it still teaches me valuable lessons today.

Noah lived in a time when the people indulged in sins, wicked ways, violence and intermarriage between the godly and the ungodly. God is Holy and therefore He cannot tolerate anything that is unholy. It displeases God when people live in a life of sin. God abhors sin. But God is more than just displeased and abhorrent towards the sinfulness of man.

Genesis 6:6 (NKJV)
And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

When we sin, God not only hates the sinful behavior, He feels upset and grieved. It pains God to see His creation sinning against Him. I remember an incident when my father used a cane to hit the palm of my hand because I spoke and wrote vulgarities. As he hit my hand, I could see that his eyes were teary. He later explained why he hit my hand and how much it pained him to discipline me. Even my earthly father feels the pain when I do wrong. What more our Heavenly Father who created us. Seeing His beloved children falling into sin and walking along the road to destruction pains God more than what we can ever imagine.

While the world was sinful and wicked, God was pleased only with Noah. Genesis 6:9 (NKJV) explains why: “… Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.” Noah was a righteous man who was mature, complete, balanced and grown up. And most importantly Noah “walked with God”. He must have spent precious time with God, communing with Him and being soaked in His presence. 

Genesis 6:13–21 records God telling Noah His plan for mankind and giving instructions to Noah. I believe it’s because of Noah’s intimate relationship with God that he is able to hear from God. Do you desire to hear from God? If so, draw close to Him every day. Spend just a little more time a day in prayer. Meditate and chew upon the word of God.

God is the Master Architect. He told Noah the specific dimensions of the ark and also the details on how to build it. On top of these, God also told Noah who would go into the ark and the items to prepare inside the ark. The list of instructions was long and the process of preparation would likely be a difficult one. I can imagine as Noah was building the ark, the other people around him would likely dissuade him from doing so. Perhaps others might even ridicule him for obeying God’s word as they had never in their life imagined that they would be destroyed by God. Despite all the challenges, Noah was not hindered. Instead Genesis 6:22 (NKJV) recorded that “… Noah did according to all that God commanded Him, so he did.”  Noah didn’t just selectively obeyed God. He obeyed God totally, fully and completely.

How about in our lives? Is God prompting you today to obey Him wholeheartedly? Perhaps He is also reminding you that partial obedience is equivalent to disobedience, and that He is looking for total obedience from you? What is God speaking to you today? I encourage you to spend some time to contemplate on today’s devotional. Listen to what God is speaking to you, so that your life will also be like Noah’s life that pleases God.

Let us pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your word. I seek Your forgiveness in the areas of my life where I have sinned against You or have strayed away from You. Lord, I want to draw close to You every day. I pray the more I seek You, the more I’ll find You and be able to hear You more clearly. Father, reveal to me areas of my life that I need to be totally obedient to You. Lord, help me to live a life that pleases You in every single step that I take. Thank You, God. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN.

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