by Pastor Heiden Ratner

“By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” – Hebrews 11:7 


One of the boldest displays of faith in the Bible is the testimony of Noah. When I think of someone who modeled active faith (confidence and surety), my mind cannot help but go to Noah. 

Being warned of a coming flood, Noah did not sit back and wait, nor did he hope someone else would get the job done, nor did he run from the assignment. Instead, he took the challenge head-on and, by faith, started building. Wood plank by wood plank, he began laying the foundation and constructing what we would know as “Noah’s Ark.” 

The author of Hebrews highlights two words in this verse (Heb. 11:7) “Faith” and “Fear.” He points out that Noah’s actions were inspired by a radical confidence that God would do what He said He would do. He believed, so he built. Noah also carried a reverent fear that God, in His holiness, is worthy to be obeyed and trusted. Not only did Noah want him and his family to live, but He wanted to obey God’s voice. Scholars believe the Ark took anywhere from 55-75 years before completion.1 That’s a long time to trust God by faith and keep building!

Today, what is God calling you to trust Him with? What is He calling you to start building or continue building? Press on today with reverent fear and risky faith! 

“Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him. 1 Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation.” (Genesis 6:22, 7:1) 


Lord, I want to walk with You today, as Noah did in the early days. With reverent fear and risky faith, I trust You. I ask You to open my eyes to what you want me to build or continue building with my life. Empower me to do it byY our Spirit and give me perseverance through the seasons of adversity. I thank You for Jesus passing over my sins the way Noah passed over the waters in the Ark. Thank You for grace to be forgiven and power to build. In Jesus’ name, amen! 

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