Ludicrous to Man, but Delightful to God
Read the whole chapter of Genesis 6 and 7.
Genesis 6:3 (NASB): Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh;nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”
How long did Noah and his sons labor? Genesis 6:3 tells us. When God made His decision to judge, mankind was given 120 years. It was during that time Noah and his sons accomplished their extraordinary tasks. And during all that time Noah bore the jokes made at his expense. He ignored the loud whispers he was intended to hear. And he kept on working, surrounded by the tittering laughter of his neighbors.
Rick Warren noted three things that should cause Noah to doubt. “First, Noah had never seen rain, because prior to the Flood, God irrigated the earth from the ground up. Second, Noah lived hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean. Even if he could learn to build a ship, how would he get it to water? Third, there was the problem of rounding up all the animals and then caring for them.” Despite it all, Noah remained faithful. He had heard God speak. And Noah “did everything just as God commanded him.”
There are so many in our modern world who laugh at people who have heard God’s voice (this time from the Written Word) and try to do “everything just as God commanded.” Some people might bash you because of your faith. Or they might say you are too holy for bringing up spiritual discussions. But imagine! Noah knew just that pressure, from everyone, and for 120 years! Yet Noah remained faithful. And you and I can remain faithful too—always through the help of Christ.
Ellen White sheds light, “The message of Noah was to him a reality. Amid the scoffs and jeers of the world, he was an unbending witness for God. His meekness and righteousness were in bright contrast to the revolting crimes, intrigue, and violence continually practiced around him. A power attended his words; for it was the voice of God to man through His servant. Connection with God made him strong in the strength of infinite power, while for one hundred and twenty years his solemn warning voice fell upon the ears of the men of that generation in regard to events, which, so far as human wisdom could judge, seemed impossible. Some were deeply convicted, and would have heeded the words of warning; but there were so many to jest and ridicule that they partook of the same spirit, resisted the invitations of mercy, refused to reform, and were soon among the boldest and most defiant scoffers; for none are so reckless, and go to such lengths in sin, as those who have once had light, but have resisted the convicting Spirit of God. . . . How simple and childlike, amid the unbelief of a scoffing world, was the faith of Noah. . . . He gave to the world an example of believing just what God said.”
How important our faithfulness is. Connection with God made him strong in the strength of infinite power. As we like Noah bear up under the pressure brought on us, Christ by His Holy Spirit speaks through us to the very persons who laugh and doubt. And this time, they may respond!
Are you willing to connect to the strength of infinite power so that you can follow Christ whatever may come?
 Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life (Zondervan: Grand Rapids Michigan, 2002), 71.
 Ellen White, Signs of the Times, April 1, 1886. “But Noah stood like a rock amid the tempest. He was surrounded by every species of wickedness and moral corruption; but amid popular contempt and ridicule, amid universal wickedness and disobedience, he distinguished himself by His holy integrity and unwavering faithfulness. While the world around him were disregarding God, and were indulging in all manner of extravagant dissipation which led to violence and crimes of every kind, the faithful preacher of righteousness declared to that generation that a flood of water was to deluge the world because of the unsurpassed wickedness of its inhabitants. He warned them to repent and believe, and find refuge in the ark.” (Ibid.)