Last Wednesday, we considered that Noah built an ark for the saving of his household. He preached to everyone, but he first saved his own household. Today, let’s consider what we can build for the saving of our households.
What Noah built…What We Can Build
Noah built a life around following God. This may sound overly simplistic, but Noah couldn’t lead his family and save them without first being a servant of God. Let’s go back to a few passages about Noah and see what we can learn as husbands and fathers.
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God (Genesis 6:8-9).
In the midst of a wicked world where all thoughts were wicked and violence filled the earth, Noah was different. He didn’t try to fit in and go with the grain of the culture. Imagine how weird Noah must have looked in that world.
- Noah found “favor” or “grace” in God’s eyes. His mindset was about pleasing God and having God’s approval. A father who is living for the world’s approval and accolades cannot save his household, can he? I can think of many times where my focus was on making others happy, and I lost focus on having God’s approval first.
- He was righteous. The one law he sought to follow above all others was God’s law. “Noah did this, he did all that God commanded him” (Genesis 6:22).
- Noah was blameless in his time. Not flawless, sinless perfection, but blameless. He walked in integrity.
- He walked with God. The Lord asked a beautiful question in the book of Amos, “Can two walk together unless they are agreed?” (Amos 3:3). If we as fathers are to lead our families, then in which direction are we walking? Great leaders have a direction and a purpose; we as fathers must set a course to walk God’s pathway (Jeremiah 6:16; Proverbs 4:25-27).
A House built on faith
By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith (Hebrews 11:7).
Read Hebrews 11:7 and think about it as a father. Consider a home that has the mindset of Noah.
- A house built on faith. We trust God. His word is right. The promises of God are steadfast and true. We start first with assuming that God and His word have the absolute truth.
- Homes that take God’s warnings seriously. Noah took God’s warnings seriously, and so should we. If God gives warnings about sexual immorality, what we put into our mind, alcohol, etc., then we should pay attention. When God warns that Judgment Day is coming and Jesus is returning, fathers should take that in the same way Noah did with the impending flood (see 2 Peter 3).
- Families that are moved with godly fear/reverence. Noah built an ark because he was “moved with godly fear.” He had a deep reverence for God and he lived accordingly. Is God respected and reverenced in our homes? How do we talk about God and His word? Do we cherish and value worshipping God? What we value will most likely become what our children value.
- Houses that walk by faith in the unseen and eternal. Noah hadn’t seen a flood, nor ever built an ark, but his faith was his vision. When the world is focused on the temporary and fleshly pursuits, our mindset as men of God is on the spiritual and the eternal. We still have to go to work, pay the bills, and fix the gutters, but our spiritual vision is what guides us even in the mundane work. When our children become overly focused on their outward appearance, we help guide them to what God really cherishes. As our sons and daughters make plans for colleges and careers, we direct them to how their choices impact their spiritual life and growth.
Wow, there’s a lot we can learn from a few verses about Noah, isn’t there?