“So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.” – Genesis 6:13-14
The future has always been a topic of uncertainty and awkwardness. Especially in times like these, where we do not readily recognize how the future will play out. Looking back at the cloud of witnesses that have gone before us, it is interesting to note that God has given us lives to look at as we look towards the future.
Noah was a man with an immense problem. Left as the only righteous man on all the earth, this problem was compounded with the coming storm that only he knew about. At that time, there was no such thing as rain since the firmament was still in place. So imagine being Noah, stranded in the middle of land, called by God to build an ark. An ARK! Almost 500 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 50 feet high, people laughed at Noah because it seemed he was preparing for something that was never going to happen.
But that is where we need to be to sail to the future. A plan from God. Even when God’s plan seems to be difficult to understand, believe that there is a plan in place. The only thing left is to trust in Him.
One story told of a time when Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the prince of preachers, was walking through the English countryside with a friend. As they walked along, he noticed a barn with a weather vane on top, with the words “God Is Love” engraved on it. He mused about how inappropriate those words were on the weather vane, saying that weather vanes are always changeable, while God’s love is constant. His friend, upon hearing those words said, “I don’t agree with you, Charles. You misunderstood the meaning. That sign is indicating a truth: Regardless of which way the wind blows, God is love.”