One of my favorite things to do is sit on my porch with a cup of coffee or sweet tea and watch as an Oklahoma storm rolls in. It is breath taking! Last night was no different. God was showing off with His display of lightning clashing and thunder booming. My favorite is when the lightning travels horizontally and lights up the whole sky, illuminating the rolling thunderclouds with all their strength and power.
I sat there amazed at God and remembered that He was in control of all things. At times, the storm would grow in strength, and I was reminded of His great and mighty power!
Can you imagine what Noah and the people of his time thought when they experienced rain and flooding for the first time!? This wasn’t a nice gentle rain. It was a rain to destroy all living creators and life on earth, except those on the boat. Talk about the fear of the Lord!
Noah feared the Lord long before the storms came though.
“By faith Noah, after he was warned about what was not yet seen and motivated by godly fear, built an ark to deliver his family. By faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith” (Heb. 11:7).
The Message version states it this way, “He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told.”
The storm was coming, but Noah had no idea when or how. He just did as the Lord told him to do day-in and day-out. That, my friends, takes a lot of faith! A lot of faith to do as the Lord asks without questioning, trusting that the Lord will protect and provide. A lot of faith that you’re not crazy for believing what the Lord has promised. A lot of faith to not live in the despair of the eminent storm that is approaching. A lot of faith!
We must fear the Lord and live in reverence of Him before the storm approaches.
And the result? “His family was saved.” Praise God!
Do you want to save your family? From what, you ask. From whatever storm that is approaching you!
Then, by faith, live in fear of the Lord and act on what His word is telling you. He is the answer to all of life’s storms!