Recently, I was reading the scheduled Growth Journal verses in my Bible. It was the account of God telling Noah to build the ark in Genesis 6.
Because of familiarity with the story, it is quite possible that the COMPLETE absurdity of God’s directive to Noah can be overlooked. God tells him to build a mammoth size boat (450 feet long and 75 feet high) on dry ground, nowhere near an ocean because He is going to cause torrents of water to cover the ENTIRE earth. Really?!?
And then if that’s not ludicrous enough, once the ancient Queen Mary is built, Noah is to fill it with a male and female pair of EVERY animal on the planet.
If we were in Noah’s shoes and honest with ourselves, there is not one of us who would have seen the sense in God’s directive and subsequently volunteered for the assignment.
But Noah did! He said, “Yes” and spent the next many years and tons of money building something that to every other person on the planet seemed foolish, stupid and preposterous.
What caught my attention on January 6th as I read this story was verse 9, “he (Noah) walked in close fellowship with God.”
Noah hung out with God. He knew and, thus trusted God even in matters that seemed completely foolish.
I realized that the great accomplishments recorded in the Bible flow out of a great relationship with God.
I tend to think that greatness is in each of us and that most of us want to accomplish something meaningful. But what I don’t know if we are as aware of is that greatness in the Kingdom of God flows out of simply walking with God.
It is through fellowshipping with God as Noah and so many others have done through the centuries that we learn to trust him with the personal and the preposterous.
As Diane and I prepare to plant a church in Ojai - in my self-absorbed thinking - it feels a little like building an ark…maybe a small one that’s only 50 feet long. The task doesn’t seem ludicrous; it can seem overwhelming. I need to remember that “greatness” - if there is anything noteworthy - will only flow out of daily walking with God.
As we prepare for the church plant, please pray for us. Also, consider attending service at The Sanctuary on February 26th. We will be prayed for and sent from the church on this day.
May you have a great day walking with God.
If you’d like to know more about Growth Journaling, check out http://www.thesanctuarychurch.com/journal/.