January 9th, 2018
Moved by Godly Fear
Hebrews 11:7 (KJB) By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
The presence of fear either paralyzed or promotes action. There is a godly palpable reaction that brings God honor and glory and there is an ungodly reaction that opposes God, thereby insulting the holy nature of God.
There are two kinds of fear. One kind of fear moves a man to act upon godly principles because of His fear and realization of the wrath and retribution of God. The other flavor of fear revolves around anxiety and needless worrying about an adverse situation in his life. This kind of worry nixes any notion about the involvement of the authority and power of God out of the equation and places a man squarely in a situation without hope or belief about his future.
Noah reacted immediately to the dire warnings given him by God, not wavering in faith, he immediately proceeded to follow through with honorable actions. This promoted a simple union of trust by Noah doing exactly what God commanded of him. Though Noah could not put “all his ducks in a row,” he could ascertain that it was vital for him to be both serious and obedient concerning the will of God for his life. Major repercussions were both promised by God and expected by Noah who clearly understood his role blanketed by faith rather than fear about God’s master plan.
Noah took God at His Word. He did not allow any fear of a person or circumstances to come between him and personal faith in the power and presence of God. Though Noah could not discern or understand the situation from his limited vantage point, he placed his trust in the work of God.