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Understanding our lives

This is a series of articles following the life of Noah building a huge boat, being brought through a massive flood, and finally emerging on to dry land.
We may think that we cannot learn anything from Noah, but I believe his life is full of situations that we can learn from.
Here are the articles to hopefully help us to understand more about our lives:

[1] An erratic and fickle God?

Earth in half shadow

Can you imagine what the world would be like if there was a fickle God, one who was erratic in his behaviour? What would a relationship be like with Him? Where would you stand with Him? The Bible contains many, many promises, but if God was changeable, these promises would become useless…

[2] Abuse of power and the corrupt being within

Oriental warrior on horseback.

Giants and mighty men: As far as political leaders go there isn’t enough room in the world for very many giants and mighty men with their abuse of power, but in our everyday lives we can come across many who have that mindset…

[3] How could Noah build the ark?

A carpenter planing a piece of wood.

Could Noah build the ark, how long did it take? I think I ought to call this post: ‘Toil and tedium’ because so much of our lives resemble the long, hard haul. From the Bible we can presume that the job of building the Ark took over one hundred years! God could have miraculously have done something for Noah, but He didn’t…

[4] Our hard work AND God’s miracles

Head of a mule.

Does our hard work AND God’s miracles go together? Good, honest hard work is part of God’s plan for our lives, and when the Ark had been completed God expected Noah to look after all the animals in his care. But also notice that it is the Lord who will make the animals come to Noah! He didn’t say: “Go out, and catch two of every animal”, because that would have been an impossible task…

[5] Hardships in life

Dazed child lying on the floor.

The tough situation, that hardship that hits us, is not something which is a waste of time, or something which has no relevance to our spiritual life, it may be the Lord either training us, or disciplining us. It could also be for the proving of our faith…

[6] Knowing God doesn’t always mean an easy life

A hammer.

God has said; ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ but knowing God doesn’t always mean an easy life. If we are not careful, when we hear these sort of verses, we can drift into unreality, a place where there is no pain, no suffering, and no hardships! …

[7] Out of control lives

Man skiing.

Noah had no sail or rudder, I wonder how he felt – powerless, not in control?
Our lives are sometimes swept along by strong currents and storms and it seems to be totally out of our control!
How strange to build a huge boat, without any form of propulsion, no sails, no oars, no engine, and even more strange, no way of steering it – no rudder!…

[8] Are there some missing verses – we don’t read about Noah complaining

A pig.

What about the smell within the Ark?
What about the noise and the lack of space?
But there are no verses that tell us of Noah reacting badly while he was on the Ark.
I used to share a granny flat, with a chap who worked on a pig farm…