Lifelines May 24, 2020

The journey is an extraordinary one.  Every Christian has been rescued from a life distorted, dominated and ultimately destroyed by sin.  Satan played us like puppets on a string.  He dangled glitzy temptations before us, and we bit.  Slavery followed, and the evil master took control.  It disguises itself in egocentric colors difficult to resist.  One bite and we become our own god, or so we think.  It is a mistaken notion that draws us into a death trap, our own individual Egypt.  That is where the journey begins.

God knows, even when we fail to realize our own entrapment.  We are in a mess that we are powerless to defeat.  The world, our flesh, the devil; they all work in unison to dictate our actions.  Eve could verify the catastrophic consequences.  A clever salesman appealed to her worldly inclinations, and the entire creation has suffered ever since.  She never saw it coming, but it came.  The Lord had warned them.  The serpent tempted them.  Turning a deaf ear to the commands of our Creator never works out well.  Still, there was a hint that rescue was on the way.

Sin disrupted paradise and sent it on a terrible downward spiral.  God stepped in with both a penalty and a possibility.  A great worldwide cleansing was on the way, and lives would be lost (So much for “Surely, a loving God would not…”).  There would also be a way of salvation (That IS what a loving God will do…).  Precise directions were given for the means of survival, and Noah followed them to the letter.  Eight people survived.  EIGHT!  There never has been a great deal of interest in forsaking immediate gratification for ultimate salvation.

What saved Noah?  A boat?  His work?  A hammer, nails (Or pegs) and wood?  A divine blueprint?  His faith?  A bit of logic would tell us.  If he did not believe the Lord and His warning, he would never have built the ark.  If he had great intellectual belief in God but never picked up a hammer, he would have drowned. If he had the Lord’s plans for the ark and all the materials but never built it, he would have perished.  Salvation hung in the balance.  It was a matter of life and death. 

So, what saved Noah?  Hebrews 11:7 lays it out clearly.  It was a matter of faith that translated into action.  It was an extraordinary experience that led a rare righteous man on the path of salvation.  Life and death now have eternal implications. There are still warnings and instructions.  Judgment day is coming, and the judge came to make a way for us to be prepared.  He gave His life to open the door to heaven and a book to direct us.  Noah had adequate faith to believe the warning and follow the instructions to be saved.  Do we?