Noah’s Ark – Part 2

Searching His Word
Seeking His Heart

Let’s contemplate more lessons from the ark.

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4. TWO HEADS ARE BETTER THAN ONE.

Of course we think of the pairs on the ark, but that was mostly for making more pairs to “replenish the earth.” There are other advantages for more than one head. All of us think in unique ways, relate with different methods, and have distinct gifts.

Perhaps one of Noah’s sons was brawny, able to do a lot of heavy lifting. Maybe another son knew how to think in broad terms—how do we get from this stage to the next and what about the final outcome on down the road? The third son may have had detailed skills to figure out how to make holes and pegs to so that the cypress boards would fit together. 

And, of course, Noah’s job may have been to encourage. He was, after all, the one “who found favor with God.” He would be the one to remind them that this task was given by God.

 Jesus used the “pair” idea as well. In the listings of the disciples names, they are usually listed  in the same sets of twos.

…Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two… Mark 6:6-7

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5. SPEED ISN’T ALWAYS AN ADVANTAGE. THE CHEETAHS WERE ON BOARD, BUT SO WERE THE SNAILS.

Yep, they were tall and small, loud and quiet, demanding and gentle. Sounds like a church, doesn’t it? We are what we are, but there are times when we must get along, whether we’re in a boat or a church or—in a country. Let’s learn from the ark experience that to survive, we must learn to live together.

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12

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6. IF YOU CANT FIGHT OR FLEE — FLOAT!

We can’t assume with Noah, three sons, and all the wives plus a barrage of animals that there weren’t times of discord. However, with all the work to be done taking care of the animals and themselves, there was little time to fight and they certainly couldn’t flee. No, they just had to float and make the best of it.

What about your family? Do you have disagreements? Is someone not doing their part? Is someone stepping out of line, causing upset? Fighting doesn’t solve the problem. Fleeing just takes the problems elsewhere. Sometimes, just like the boat or the church or our country, we just have to float and learn to deal with our problems.

Lean not on your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:6

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So from today’s ark experience, we learn to put our heads together and realize that even though we’re all different, we must find ways to get along while floating the boat of life together.

~ Joyce ~

 

Noah’s Ark – Part 1

Searching His Word
Seeking His Heart

The blogs have been heavy lately. Let’s have some fun and learn at the same time!

You’ve probably heard of the list from “Everything I need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Well, here’s maybe a new one for you. “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Noah’s Ark.”

I found it in an old children’s leaflet I had saved, source unknown. We’ll cover a few points each week.

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1. PLAN AHEAD. IT WASN’T RAINING WHEN NOAH BUILT THE ARK.

God had told Noah ahead of time that it would rain so he knew what was coming. We’ve all had assignments. We know it’s coming, but it’s easy to put off planning. We think, Oh there’s plenty of time. Or Is that really going to come to fruition? Or Is this really what God told me to do?

For Noah, it took a powerful lot of trust to launch out into the unknown, but he trusted God with what seemed impossible. There’s that “trust” word again!

Blessed are they who put their trust in Him. Psalm 2:12

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2. STAY FIT. WHEN YOU’RE 600 YEARS OLD, SOMEONE MIGHT ASK YOU TO DO SOMETHING REALLY BIG.

We tend to think that the middle years are our productive time of life, but following God’s will doesn’t end when you’ve chosen the right school, married the right person, or landed the perfect job. The Lord often uses years of experience and trial to bring us to greater tasks for Him.

The Lord may lead us into challenging tasks at any given age.

Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths. Psalm 25:4

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3. DON’T LISTEN TO CRITICS; DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE.

Whoa, that’s a hard one. Not only was it a challenge to build a monstrous ark when there was no water, but it would have been doubly hard to work day in and day out with critics nipping at your heels.

Instead, we’re to dig in and get the job done in spite of criticism. As we practice with little things, He prepares us for the bigger tasks. 

Be strong and of good courage. Joshua 1:6

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4. FOR SAFETY SAKE, TRAVEL IN PAIRS.

In the case of Noah, he was to take seven pairs of each of the clean animals which would be used for food and later for sacrifices. The pairs of unclean animals would only have to reproduce themselves.

For us, it’s always good to have a friend along, to give and receive, to share ideas, and yes, for safety sake, looking out for each other. In those hard times, we find true friends.

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17 

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And so, I say thank you again, dear friends, for helping me float my boat during this season.

~ Joyce ~