Faith + Grace

Hebrews 11:7a—“It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before.

In Noah’s day, it had never rained. If you think that he would be seen as crazy today for building a giant boat to survive a worldwide flood, imagine what the people back then thought. Water falling from the sky? Nonsense! Enough water to kill every living thing on the planet except what is on Noah’s boat? He must be out of his mind!

Noah was a laughingstock—right up until those first drops of rain began to fall. There were probably times before the Flood when Noah wondered whether what God said He would do was actually going to happen. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Noah had never seen rain, but he had the faith to trust in God and obey what He was calling him to do.

Faith takes risks. We might not be able to see what God is doing, but by letting go of the control of our lives and handing it over to God, we can be messengers of the Good News.

Taking action with our faith means stepping out of the cultural norms, not to be cool—Noah definitely wasn’t seen as cool by the people of his day—but so that people everywhere can meet God and have their hearts touched by His grace.

God doesn’t call us to stay where we are, to stay within what is normal and comfortable. He calls us to go to people where they are, so that they can become the person God has created them to be. In Ephesians 2:10, those of us who are in Christ are called God’s masterpieces. It says, “…He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

God wants us to grow in Him instead of just staying where we are, so that we can do the good things He has in store for us. Where God’s grace and our faith in Him meet is an incredible thing. When we are willing to live out what we say we believe, those around us will see the work of God in our lives.

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2 Replies to “Faith + Grace”

  1. Great message for my family right now. Thanks for the encouragement. Did you see that the Noah movie caused a 300 percent increase in readers on the You Version Bible App and a 234 percent increase on Biblegateway on opening weekend? People want to know more. They are hungry for truth.

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