In the last devotional, we began considering the way or secret to success. We discovered and discussed that Success was impossible without a plan and that Noah Received God’s Plan and followed it explicitly. That leads us to the next factors for consideration.
NOAH BELIEVED GOD’S PLAN – (Hebrews 11:7; Genesis 7:7; Genesis 8:20).
We read in Hebrews 11:7, “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.”
Knowledge of the plan does not automatically mean it will appear feasible. When I think of God’s Plans revealed to man, I think of Gideon and how far-fetched that plan seemed. It seemed impossible, but with God All Things are Possible! It always requires Faith, Trust, Confidence, and Obedience.
Trust is an absolute requirement in the success of God’s Plan and Purposes. We must trust in the face of danger, failure, and all opposition and obstacles. Trust is not only in times of ease but at all times! Noah believed God! That is far more powerful than we give it recognition. Consider what was happening around him. Consider the fact that it had not rained on the earth. Consider the fact that there had never been such an undertaking among men.
This was far beyond anything that Noah or anyone else had ever contemplated. No wonder, the Bible declares in 2 Corinthians 5:7 that we “walk by faith, not by sight.” Not only did Noah receive God’s Plan and believe God’s Plan but he took the next step.
NOAH WORKED GOD’S PLAN – (Genesis 6:22; 7:5).
In Genesis 6:22 we see the key, “Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.” Obedience is an absolute requirement for success in God’s Purposes. I believe that knowledge and faith require obedience and work to enjoy fulfillment and success. That is true in virtually all of life. If we go to the doctor it is important that we follow his advice. If we hire an attorney, it is usually vital that we follow his counsel. That applies in the natural and in the spiritual. If we are to have God’s Success, we must follow God’s Directives and Plan.
Noah did ALL that God told him to do. That is vital! It is not doing part of what God directed. It is not doing some of what God directed. It is doing ALL that God directed that enabled Noah to succeed. He obeyed in the face of ridicule and scorn. He obeyed when he could see no logical reason to do what he was doing. He obeyed because He believed God and trusted God. He like the apostle Paul was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. He Obeyed!
NOAH FOUND GOD FAITHFUL – (Genesis 7:17; 8:1)
In Genesis 7:17 we see, “Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days; the water increased and lifted up the ark so that it rose above the earth.” In Genesis 8:1 we are told, “But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the cattle that were with him in the ark; and God caused a wind to pass over the earth, and the water subsided.” God did what God said He would do! He was faithful to His faithful man.
The floods came just like God said they would. Noah’s family was saved, just like God promised. They were spared amid a corrupt people and spared from the destruction of the flood.
To have success in God’s Plan in life we must obtain the plan, believe the plan, act upon the plan and we will find that God is a God of His Word! He never fails. Therefore, if success is your desire then I suggest three considerations.
- Seek God’s Direction through prayer, the word of God and wise counsel.
- Believe God’s Direction weight it with the Word of God.
- Obey God’s Direction by implementing and incorporating it into your life.
You will find God always faithful. He may not move in your time frame, but He will move and bring you to the fulfillment of His Promises. Noah pleased God and it brought about the deliverance of his family and the preservation of the race.
What will you have? My desire is to walk in obedience to All that God says! May the LORD bless you richly as you enjoy this wonderful day in Him!