January 3, 2018 – Hanging With The Ark – Pr. Sonny Shimaoka

Scripture:
Noah did everything just as God commanded him. Then God said to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.” – Genesis 6:22, 8:15 (NIV)

Observation:
I’m amazed at the tremendous obedience, perseverance and patience Noah exhibited. I believe that he developed his loyalty and allegiance to God by walking with Him for 500 years. He reminds me of Enoch. Was he the only “blameless” man on the planet during his time?

For a hundred and twenty years he must have taken a lot of abuse and criticism from the people around him. God gave mankind that long to repent but they didn’t.

Application:
I believe that we are in the same “boat” as Noah. The only difference is that our Ark is called the Church! God has called me to walk in the same obedience, perseverance and patience. He has called me to contend with the same verbal abuse and criticisms that Noah endured.

I must be disciplined to do everything He commands me to do even when I don’t want to. I must also be patient and not get out of the Ark until He tells me to. Sometimes it’s going to get very stinky in the Ark but I must not make a move until He says so!

Prayer:
Heavenly Father like Noah, I ask thank You for your favor as I seek to do Your will for my life. Holy Spirit help me to be the “Church” that you have called me to be…In Jesus Name