So Noah did everything as the Lord commanded him. (Genesis 7:5)
Relate: “Build a boat.”
“But God, I don’t want to move. My family is pretty settled here and the coast is an awful long way off. They don’t even speak the same language down there.”
“I didn’t tell you to move. I said build a boat.”
“Yes. Build a boat. A big one.”
“Ummmm… how big is big?”
“450 feet long, 75 feet wide, 45 feet high.”
Gulp. “Yep. That’s big. Why does it need to be so big?”
“It will contain a zoo.”
“A zoo, inside a boat, in the desert…”
“Yes. Because it is going to rain. A lot.”
“Ummmm God? What’s rain?”
React: “You’re insane?” Has anyone ever said that to us when we begin to step out in obedience to what God has called us to do? If not, are we actually stepping out in obedience to God’s commands? Are we even listening or are we allowing the noise of this world and our sin drown out His voice? What are some of the “build a boat” type commands God has in store for us in 2016?
God, give me the courage to step out in radical obedience. Even if it means building a zoo, inside a boat, in the desert, in hopes of a rain that has never before been seen… God, I’m in. Let me step out and step into what You have for the world even if that means every single person I know thinks I have gone insane. I want to play for an audience of one. I want to work in obedience to the same. Here I am, God. Give me a boat to build.