A Lesson from Noah
Today’s Lesson: God has a purpose for all of us, and He already has a plan in place, in order for us to fulfill it.
Why am I here? What is my purpose in life?
These questions, are questions that we have asked or should be asking.
Because God has the answer.
As I was spending time with God and reflecting on where I was in my life as it pertains to my purpose, what
God has called me to do, and what God was doing in it, I was reminded of the story of Noah. The story of
Noah taught me that:
As Noah walked with God in a time where the earth was full of wickedness, and where the thoughts of men were full of evil, we too can and should walk with God, even in our time, where the devil has drawn many into wickedness and evil. (2 Peter 2:4-9)
One person’s faith can lead to the salvation of many. (Genesis 6:8-9:7:7)
True faith expresses itself in obedience. (Genesis 6:22)
That no matter how long it takes, because God has a plan for my life, there is no one that can stop it.(Jeremiah 29:11)
My desire is that you gain some practical points from what you read today, that you can apply to your life.
Now let’s dive in a bit deeper, and I encourage you to take note of what you learn from this lesson so that
you can reflect on it later. Let’s Begin.
The Story of Noah begins in Genesis chapter 5:32 – 10:1
There is a variety of surrounding text throughout those chapters that you can read more in depth on your
own, if you would like to know more details about the overall story. In this case, I desire to only extract and
highlight some aspects of this story to develop the point of the lesson.
Genesis 6:5-13 (New Living Translation) says,
5The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they
thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. 6So the LORD was sorry he had ever made them and
put them on the earth. It broke his heart. 7And the LORD said, “I will wipe this human race I have created
from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the
small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made
them.” 8But Noah found favor (grace) with the LORD. 9This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was
a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship
with God. 10Noah was the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. 11Now God saw that the earth
had become corrupt and was filled with violence. 12God observed all this corruption in the world, for
everyone on earth was corrupt (Except Noah and his Family). 13So God said to Noah, “I have decided to
destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with
So we see that God changed His previous course of action toward humanity and determined to
destroy it by a universal flood, and chose Noah to be the vessel in whom He would use to re-establish His
In Genesis 6:14-16 (New Living Translation) God instructs Noah on what he was to build. God said to Noah
14“Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and
stalls throughout its interior. 15Make the boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high 16 Leave an 18-
inch opening below the roof all the way around the boat. Put the door on the side, and build three decks
inside the boat—lower, middle, and upper (Imagine that)
Genesis 6:17-22 (New Living Translation) God continues speaking to Noah.
17“Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes.
Everything on earth will die. 18But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife
and your sons and their wives. 19Bring a pair of every kind of animal—a male and a female—into the boat
with you to keep them alive during the flood. 20Pairs of every kind of bird, and every kind of animal, and
every kind of small animal that scurries along the ground, will come to you to be kept alive. 21 And be sure
to take on board enough food for your family and for all the animals.”22So Noah did everything exactly as
God had commanded him.
Though the bible is silent on exactly how long from the time God told Noah to build the boat, until it was
complete and the flood began, in Genesis Ch. 5:32 there is an extent of time that can be suggested. In
Genesis.Ch.5:32 (New International Version) it says, After Noah was 500 years old, he "became" the father of
Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and immediately following the account of this story began. With that being the case it
can be suggested that Noah sons were still young. Noah was told that him, his wife, his sons and their wives
were to enter the boat. So that would suggest that from the time God told Noah to build the boat and the flood
began, it would have had to be a long enough for his sons to be able to have wives, which would consist of many
How does this relate to you?
God has created all of us for a purpose. God has a plan for every one of our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 (New
International Version) says, 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you
and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
What God has purposed and planned for your life may not be favorable in the eyes of others, it may not be
orthodox, or fit into the ideology or traditions of men. But if God has placed within you a desire that aligns
with His word and brings glory to Him, be obedient to the call. It may not happen overnight, it may not make
sense to on lookers, but do not allow that to detour you for following Gods plan, the instructions and
strategies He lays out for you to follow in order for you to accomplish what He has created you to do.
Looking back at the story of Noah, we see that God created him for a time such as that, for a specific purpose.
God already had the plan laid out for him, all Noah had to do was be obedient, and he was. Even though it took
a while and may have not made sense or fit into the mold of those who looked on as Noah built this boat year
after year, without any tangible results other than a boat with no water for it to float on, he was still obedient. As
the story goes the rain did come, and because of Noah’s obedience, he along with his family, was prepared
when it did. Do what God has placed in you to do. Don’t procrastinate, now is the time. As it is was with Noah
you were created for such a time as this. If you know the desire God has placed in you and you haven’t started
moving forward in it, what are you waiting for? If you don’t know your purpose ask God?
Matthew 7:7-8 says,
7“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For
everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Now is the time to seek God, now is the time to pray deeply to God for guidance, knowledge, understanding
Remember what God has placed in you may happen quickly or it may not, there may be a need for some
time of preparation and of character building for you to be able to handle what is on the way. Whatever the
case may be, no matter how long it takes, be obedient, and continually seek Gods kingdom first, what his
desire for you in any given situation may be, and everything else will be given to you (Matthew.6:33). Noah
worked many years before what God said would occur, actually came to pass, but he was ready when it did,
because he trusted God and was obedient to God’s instructions, let us do the same. In Genesis Ch.6:9b it said
that Noah walked in close fellowship with God, let that be said of us. Remove the voices of the naysayers out of
your ears and allow God's voice to be the dominating voice that you listen.
I leave you with these passages of scripture from Psalm 37:3-5 and Proverbs 3:5-6
3Trust in the LORD and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
5Commit everything you do to the LORD.
Trust him, and he will help you.
5Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
6Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
Until next time go and impact the world
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