by Kristen C. Strocchia
“So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how to are build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits [450 feet] long, fifty cubits [75 feet] wide and thirty cubits [45 feet] high. Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit [18 inches] high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.” Genesis 6:14-16
We’ve already seen that God had a very specific plan when He created. And after the Creation fell into sin, He was ready with a very specific plan of redemption. Now, here again, when God tells Noah that He plans to save him, out of all the earth, from the pending destruction, God–not surprisingly–has a very specific plan.
But have you ever thought what might have happened if Noah or his boys got lazy? Or started questioning God’s design?
“Cypress, Dad? Are you kidding? Do you realize how far we’re going to have haul that from?“
“Pitch the whole thing? Inside AND out? Do you know how long that’s going to take?“
“What if we shrink those dimensions just a smidge?” Or, “Skip the extra deck and let’s go for one large main room on the other two.” Or, “Let’s leave a bigger space under the roof.” Or maybe, “No space at all.”
It’s laughable because, basically, if they had deviated from God’s plan in anyway, we know that the result would have been disastrous. You don’t hear from God that He’s going to rescue you, receive a specific plan for your escape, and then do your own thing. Not if you want it to work together for your good.
So then, why do we as human beings think that in every other part of our life we can deviate from God’s plan? He gave us His plan for marriage, family, finances, friendship, authority, work and rest, stewardship of the earth, health, citizenship, and–basically–just about every aspect of every area of our private and corporate lives.
And His plan for our earthly life is simple: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength; AND Love your neighbor as yourself [Mark 12:30-31].
His plan for our eternal life is just as specific and just as simple: Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved [Acts 16:31].
So doesn’t it make perfect sense that Satan–who is out to steal, kill and destroy [John 10:10] God’s Creation–would tempt us to become our own god and to deviate from God’s very specific, very simple plan for our life now and for eternity?
Are you listening to God’s Word? Do you know His plan of salvation? Are you doing your own thing in this life in any way hoping that God will work your plan together for your good?