By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
– Hebrews 11:7
Do you ever feel invisible?
Does it seem like your struggles to live a life of faith are in vain? Do you feel your life doesn’t matter?
Imagine how Noah felt. Sure, we know now what an important job he had. But although he’s remembered for building a boat that survived a worldwide flood and rescued humanity, he lived hundreds of years in obscurity before even being given the job. He labored many years working on a project to save his family from a catastrophe unimaginable to his generation, in a world that had probably never seen rain before.
During his lifetime, he endured a society so wicked “every intent of the thoughts of [mankind’s] heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5) That had to make for awkward conversations with the neighbors.
But Noah soldiered on. He listened to the word of his God. And he obeyed, even when no one cared. On a planet filled with rebellion, his was the knee who bowed to its creator. As others wallowed in their pleasures, he worked. He endured the evil and labored to obey His Lord.
He must have felt very alone.
There would be no recognition of his sacrifices from the world. But between the dawn of an everyday morning and a flood of destruction, he stood as the symbol of deliverance, the hand reaching out to a planet that had signed its own death warrant. His faith was witness to their sin, a witness to God’s heartbreak. His obedience saved mankind from extinction.
This is our reminder to arise and obey the voice of God every day.
He alone knows where we stand between an everyday morning and a world’s destruction. He alone can save us. Our faith is witness to the wrongs of an evil generation and testament to the righteousness of our Savior.
Does your life matter? You bet it does.