When God originally created mankind He created them with perfect physical and spiritual natures. However, when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God’s command not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, they fell from being in a perfect state into having a corrupted physical nature that had a tendency to rebel against following God’s commands and having a contaminated spiritual nature that lost its special relationship with God and was under a spiritual death sentence because they broke God’s command.
In addition to having their fall causing disastrous effects for themselves, Adam and Eve’s fall also had disastrous effects for their children since they would pass their fallen nature and rebellious tendencies down to their children of every succeeding generation throughout the generations of time.
Although a small minority of people since then have decided to follow God’s principles for living, the vast majority of them have chosen to follow the tendencies of their fallen physical nature to rebel against following God’s principles and thus be driven both by the ungodly cravings of their fallen nature and driven by various demonic deceptions into practicing and spreading great wickedness throughout the earth.
Down through the ages the extent of that wickedness became so great that when “the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually . . . the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth.” (Genesis 6:5-6 NASB)
Since God had specially made mankind in His own image and wanted to have a close relationship with them, when God saw mankind using the free-will choices that He gave them to follow their fallen and rebellious nature into continually breaking God’s laws and creating such wickedness over the earth; God was so overcome with anger that He decided to destroy every living creature on earth until He found one man and his family living according to God’s principles.
Genesis 6:8-9 proclaims that “Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD [because] . . . Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time, Noah walked with God.”
“Then, God said to Noah: ’The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them, and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood . . . and of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every thing into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.” (Genesis 6:13-14, 19)
Even though Noah must have had tremendous faith and trust in God since he lived a righteous life as he was surrounded by enormous wickedness in his area; that faith and trust must have been stretched a lot when God told him what He wanted done. Noah put that stretched faith into practice as he was working on various stages of God’s project for him and completed them since Genesis 6:22 declares that ”Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.:”
Noah’s faith and trust in God was strong enough to overcome the many problems that faced him as he worked on various stages of God’s project for him. These problems included: (1) He was building a big boat inland even though it hadn’t rained before. (2) He was preaching God’s principles and judgments to the crowds of wicked people who were watching and ridiculed him for decades. (3) It may have been hard gathering enough food for his family and the animals to eat while they were on the ark. (4) He may have had problems getting the animal, birds, etc. into just the right spots as He was loading the ark. (5) After they entered the ark and shut the door, they waited for 7 days until it rained (Genesis 7:9-10). (6) After it started raining and the ark was floating on the water, it was 150 days until God started the winds that made the waters go down.(Genesis 7:24-8:3) Were they wondering if they would ever see dry land again?
Noah’s great faith and trust in God helped him overcome those and many other problems as He was working on God’s project for him. Thus, when the waters went down and the ark rested on the dry ground of Mt. Ararat and the animals were set free out of the ark; then Noah went out of the ark, built an altar to God, and made some animal sacrifices, (Genesis 8:13-20)
God saw and accepted Noah’s sacrifices and then proclaimed: “I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, ’This is the sign of the covenant. . . I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth . . . When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is in the earth.” (Genesis 9:11, 13, 16)
Now, when people see the beautiful rainbow that comes after a rain storm, let them remember that it is the sign of God’s covenant not to bring a worldwide flood that will destroy every living creature on earth.The story of the great faith and character of Noah, as well as his great dedication to accomplishing God’s project for him made him one of God’s heroes and gave him a place in God’s Hall of Fame listed in Hebrews chapter 11: “By faith Noah being warned of God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household by which he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” (Hebrews 11:7)
Everyone can become inspired by the story of the great faith of Noah and then live according to God’s principles even when they go through their daily activities in our modern world that is full of various forms of spiritual, moral, and intellectual darkness and wickedness. The more people do this, the more they will become God’s heroes in His spiritual kingdom of light.