Lessons From a First-Time Boat Builder. Do you remember the story of Noah and the Ark? Let’s make a few observations about the story. Noah was a preacher or a herald of righteousness. He warned the people for a long time (1 Peter 2:5). And, let’s note that it was his obedience that saved his family (Heb 11:7).
Remember, it took a long time to build and prepare the Ark. There is a lot of speculation as to how long it actually took, but a current lifetime would hold up under scrutiny. All the while, God warned Noah, and Noah warned anyone who would listen.
Also, no one understood. It is likely that everyone thought Noah was a nut. After all, God told Noah that something was going to happen that he had no reference for. It had never rained before. If they had truly understood, and believed, it’s likely more than Noah’s family would have been saved.
And last, everyone died. Because God was being rude? All I see in the account is God’s patience and the people's rebellion. It likely wouldn’t have mattered how long God waited, the end would have been the same.
Just Trying to do You. I get that life is tough. You have to find the joys where you can. But… God said things. Jesus warned us of things. Time isn’t just passing. Time is running out.
The Mercy of God. Jesus loving you and Jesus saving you are not the same thing. It is incorrect to assume that God loves us all, so everyone goes to heaven. God loves you unconditionally, but your relationship with Him has conditions. Salvation has conditions. Jesus made it clear, “Unless you repent, you will perish.” He said it often.
The Mercy of God is a free gift from God, but it is not cheap. It cost God everything to purchase it and it will cost you every worthless thing to possess it. It’s why Jesus made it clear that we must lay down our lives and take up our cross.