Noah as a saint is among the most notable in scripture. It is worth pondering if he would have written a pre or post flood version of Osteen’s “Your Best Life Now”. Let us take a few moments and consider Noah’s “Best Life Now!” as our lives at times may be punctured sailing into the iceberg called “reality”.
Many of us remember the timeless jingle for children: “Row row row your boat, gently down the stream, merrily merrily merrily, life is but a dream”. Such might be our impression of life or how our lives should be if we were living in the “victory” people like Osteen imagine. Actually, I should correct myself. Authors like Osteen (and they are numerous) are having their best life now. They had better enjoy it.
Now, onto Noah:
The scriptures refer to him as a preacher of righteousness in an evil generation, and evil it was. Apart from the grace of God, this saint would likely have been murdered as Abel. After who knows how many years of preaching, he had no fruit at all, nothing, zero. Genesis 6 states that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. It appears that his family may have only got into the ark on the merits of Noah.
Now think for a minute of being faithful for seemingly endless years and almost no fellowship apart from possibly his own family. When God told Noah He was going to destroy the world with a flood and to build an ark, his response was not “let go and let God”, it was he “moved with fear” and the work was extremely physically demanding. Now it is clear God loved Noah and blessed him but God’s idea of blessing and ours may be on an entirely different wavelength.
The time Noah and his family were in the ark was approximately a year and it is clear the Lord oversaw the welfare of the ark upon the waters. Nevertheless, this was not a Carnival cruise. Even with lamps, there would have been darkness on board, dampness, stench, and continual unpleasant motion. Not much entertainment available other than plenty of fishing available. Perhaps they had something like an anti-nausea medication. Even with many of the animals in an induced slumber with the darkness if that was the case, the work for all 8 souls would have taken them from their waking to their sleeping. No doubt, frictions arose among them as frustration arose on the long journey and they did not know how long they were going to be on the ark. We have to remember they were people like us with emotions like us.
When they finally do arrive on the other side of the flood, they have to start lives as pioneers from scratch. No friends, associates or relatives. Apart from their own abilities, there were no doctors, no agriculture, no towns, no Bible, no anything. How could they possible survive with Osteen’s book? From here it would be hard indeed for Noah as he sees his descendants multiply quickly on the earth and follow the way of Satan again as he lived for 350 years after the flood. It may be safe to assume some would be faithful but the setup was in place of a generation preparing for Babel.
Whatever tools they could bring with them, those were all they had. Care to trade places? Care to share his adventure? Not I.
Here is a man who set his affection on things above and not on things of this world. He had no need for “His Best Life Now”. Unlike much of what is taught today, the Lord Himself was his reward. I need to remind myself of these things. We may not be called to live like Noah BUT, we are certainly not called to live a life of ease.
13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Edward Super July 2017