Devotional: ‘The Consequences of Disobedience’

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“By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.” (Hebrews 11:7)

Noah did an amazing thing. By faith, he built an enormous boat, even though he had never seen a drop of rain. We read from Genesis 2:5-6 “…for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land… and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground…” Therefore, how foolish this must have seemed to Noah’s friends and neighbors when they saw him building such an enormous boat. The Bible says that the ark was over 500 feet long and 5 stories high. This wasn’t just a boat. This was a gigantic boat.

But what if Noah had not built the boat? What if Noah had said, “This is crazy! I’m not going to waste my time and energy building such an enormous boat when there’s no sign of rain.” What would have happened if Noah had not built the ark? I believe that three tragic things would have occurred:

1) He Would Have Lost His Life

If Noah had not built the ark, he would have lost his life. He would have been swept away in the flood, just like the rest of the world.

Salvation through faith in Jesus Christ is not an option. Jesus said, “Except someone is born again, he or she cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3) What does it mean to be ‘born again?’ Actually, a better translation would be ‘born from above.’ Before we can enter into heaven, we must experience a new birth that comes from God.

God told Adam and Eve that the moment they disobeyed Him they would die. That death meant not only something physical, but spiritual as well. Just like sin brings a death to many earthly relationships, so it brings death to our relationship with God. When we sin against God, our relationship with Him is broken. Therefore, somehow that relationship must be restored. The restoration of our relationship with God comes through faith in Jesus as our Savior:

Through Jesus, our sin is removed

Through Jesus, we are given new life

If Noah had not turned from his sin and put his faith in God, he would have died and perished just like the rest of the world.

2) He Would Have Lost His Family

Noah’s decision to trust in God delivered not only himself from the flood, but also his family. This does not mean that Noah’s faith provided his wife and children with salvation, but that his faith protected them from the destruction of the flood and gave them the chance to believe.

3) He Would Have Lost His Testimony

“…By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” (Hebrews 11:7)

We have already considered the ridicule Noah must have faced as he built the ark. But in the end, when the flood finally came, his obedience to God provided testimony that God is righteous and that men are sinful.

Join me again tomorrow as we complete this week’s study. God bless you my brethren.

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