Theme: Doing What’s Right - The Story Begins.
The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.” Genesis 7:1
2. True or False. God said, “You are to bring into the ark five of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.”
We all want to feel accepted and be seen as “normal.” But Noah lived during a time of terrible sin and he didn’t follow the crowd. It mattered more to Noah what God thought of him. He was faithful to God, and God saw him as different too! God needed someone who would be faithful to build an ark, even through hard times when there was not yet any sign of rain. Noah had to trust in God to guide him. In fact, God gave him specific instructions and provided him with all that he needed to build that big ark. Throughout the building of the ark and the flood that followed, Noah got his strength from the Lord. Noah had to persevere and trust in God’s plan for him. At the end of the story, Noah’s family made it to safety, and God made a covenant promise between him, Noah and his creation, symbolized by a rainbow.
We need to choose to remain faithful to God instead of worrying what other people think. God calls us too and we need to trust in God’s guidance. God provided Noah with strength to face all his critics and all his difficulties. God can do the same for you, too. Can we stumble and sin? Yes, and our forgiving God picks us up and gives us grace. It’s our job to work to stay faithful.
What’s one thing that you do as a Christian that makes you different? Maybe it’s praying for a meal when you are in a public place. Perhaps it’s that you go to church on Sunday. Is it that your family listens to and sings worship music? Whatever it is, talk with your family about words that you can say when someone asks. Maybe, they are curious and want to learn more. Don’t miss the opportunity!