Scripture for Today: Hebrews 11:7 “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.”
The recent mudslides in California have been devastating! The rainfall was short lived, but because of the lack of vegetation due to recent fires, whole hillsides were swept away. At this writing, 17 are dead and 48 are missing. The images of homes swallowed up in mud are heartbreaking. I do wonder why some people did not heed the ample warnings and evacuate. I am sure there were extenuating circumstances for some. And I can imagine that others had difficulty grasping the seriousness of the danger they faced.
Today’s verse describes the faith Noah demonstrated when he built that ark. Although Noah was warned, it must have been difficult for him to believe in something that had never been seen before. Yet, in faith, he heeded the warnings and obeyed God’s instructions. Not only was he and his family saved from those rising waters, but he was saved spiritually as his faith was counted to him as righteousness (Romans 3:22).
What a loving gracious God He is! He warns of danger and judgement. He is not obliged to do so, but waits and pleads, not willing to see anyone perish but to come to Him for salvation (II Peter 3:9). He is my “Savior” because I needed saving from the just punishment for my own wrong-doing. Not only has He saved me for all eternity, but His commandments preserve my life here as well (Psalm 119:93). His warnings keep me from needless heartbreak. What a wonderful expression of His love for me!
Help me Lord, to listen for Your warnings and follow You today.