Build A Boat

build a boat

So Noah did everything as the Lord commanded him. (Genesis 7:5)

Read: Genesis 3:1-4:26, Matthew 3:7-4:11, Psalm 3:1-8, Proverbs 1:10-19

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.”

“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.

16 thoughts on “Build A Boat

  1. Reblogged this on ChristianBlessings and commented:
    Will you “Expect great things; attempt great things,” (William Carey) in 2016? To do so may sometimes mean “blind” obedience, even in the face of ridicule. – Just remember – if God be for us, who can be against us? You will be alright if you obey.

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  4. “Yep. That’s big.”
    It’s difficult to convey how timely and relevant this post is in my own life at this moment in time.

    No doubt, I am not alone. It is very important that we all heed the words that are written here, because we don’t always really trust God enough to do the things our minds are telling us are crazy, are impossible, are beyond our ability and means.

    Thanks for the well-written reminder, BJ!

    • Sometimes I hate what I’m writing because God is speaking it to me before I repackage and write it for the world. This was one of those times. After what I wrote the day before, I felt God saying, “If you want to ask big, you better be prepared to build big.”

  5. Reblogged this on The After-Oakdale Chronicles and commented:
    Words written well that I find particularly helpful at this moment. Sometimes I don’t feel smart enough or capable enough for the task that stretches before me. I know I am not worthy of it. And yet, these are the things I think and think I know.

    When God wants us to do something, we simply have to think outside the ‘box’ that our brain comes in and realize the power that created the entire universe is behind each one of us.

    “Yep. That’s big.”

  6. Amen! That’s definitely the path I’m on this year….”Building a boat”. Do you realize that Mr Noah’s boat saved Mrs. Noah, their children, their children’s children….and on and on. One phrase…’The Power of Obedience!’

  7. Being Obedient to the King of Kings is most important. I often wonder what we miss out on, when we fail to hear Him. Thank you so much for your writing and faith to step into what you have been called to do. Blessings!

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