God’s heart was grieved and filled with pain as He looked upon the wickedness of mankind. But there was one righteous and blameless man among them…and his name was Noah. Now when Noah heard this divine warning he could of brushed it off as imagination, but he didn’t. That’s because God touched the basic nature and characteristic found in all men. He offered Noah a way to preserve his immediate family from the flood. God also keyed in on what a husband and father’s strongest attribute and desire is for his family. Men want to “fix” things… and building a ark was a way that Noah could “do something” about the impending situation, while taking care of those he loved.
When God told Noah to build an ark, Noah must have thought to himself, “What’s an ark?”. And even though God gave him explicit, precise and detailed instructions on the assembly of said ark, (verses 14-21)…to Noah it surely would have seemed like just an impossible dream. But it says despite not knowing exactly how he was going about it…Noah did everything just as God commanded. Now likely God hasn’t called you to build a 450′ x 75′ x 45′ boat in your back yard…but there’s probably something He is calling you into right now…and you’re resisting, because to you it’s an impossibility…but to God nothing is impossible. For God will always go before you, giving you precise and detailed instructions… just like He gave Noah.
After the great flood, this was the covenant between God and Noah. But it is also a covenant between all of mankind for generations to come. It goes on to say in verse 16, “Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” So the next time you notice a rainbow in the sky, stop and reflect upon what you’re seeing and what it actually stands for…a promise from God that’s eternal, everlasting, and forever.