Building by Faith
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”
When God told Noah to build an ark to shelter his family from the coming flood, Noah had no point of reference for what he was being instructed to do. He could not look through history books to find examples of other arks or other floods. What was about to happen had never happened before. Yet in faith, Noah responded obediently to what God commanded. Why? What was it about Noah that made him take on a task that would take decades to complete, expose him to contempt and ridicule, and require all of his time and energy? It was what he believed.