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?

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…

[3] How could Noah build the ark?

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

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…

[7] Turbulent, out of control lives

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!…

[10] It’s so hard to wait for stuff!

Can you imagine being confined to a boat full of noisy, smelly animals for over twelve months, then finally the door is opened, and you look down at the dry ground.
But the Lord says nothing, nothing at all!
Not wait, but nothing!
Noah knows in his heart that it would be wrong to act now.
Perhaps you are in the situation that seems to be saying ‘OK’, but in your heart you’ve got a restraint…

[12] Being consistent, no problem!

Would you believe it – look at this!
“Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of it’s wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.” Genesis 9:21
After such a mighty deliverance, you would have thought it was all plain sailing from now on – excuse the pun! …