by Kristen C. Strocchia
“By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.” Hebrews 11:7
Like Enoch, Noah “walked with God” [Genesis 6:9]. By faith–absolute certainty in the future he could not see–Noah believed that God would do what He said. And not only did he believe God would send a great flood, but he responded with holy fear.
Now, the fear of the Lord is a proper reverence and awe of God–after all He is God, and there is none like Him. And holiness means being set apart for a special–usually godly–purpose. So Noah’s holy fear equated to setting his awesome respect apart to revere God like none other. When we truly recognize who God is, awe is only natural, and reverent obedience should follow.
Seeing that Noah was the only righteous man in his generation [Genesis 6:9], God warned him to save himself and his family through the ark. But this faith was double-edged. It cut two ways. While it saved those inside the ark, separating them from the world at large, it condemned everyone outside to certain death.
The ark is often seen as an archetype of Christ, for through Him we too can be saved from eternal punishment. By accepting and following Christ as Lord of our lives, we become heirs of His righteousness by faith alone through grace alone. That’s an amazing reward for all who believe.
But this faith too is double-edged. Just as in the days of Noah, God’s judgment will again come to all. And when it does, faith will again cut two ways. While it will save those who accept Christ, having separated themselves unto Him, all those who deny Him will be condemned to eternal punishment.
Where will your faith find you? Do you truly know God for who He is? Are you obeying Him in holy reverence?