30 Years and Counting...
It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.
It wasn’t Noah’s idea to build a boat; it was God’s. Noah simply believed and obeyed. The fact that God allowed the ark to be built over a very long period of time is proof that Noah was not the only man on earth God was seeking out. There were plenty of witnesses, plenty of time & plenty of room on the ark for more than just Noah and his family. But Noah is the only person out of all mankind to listen & obey.
What is even more interesting to me is Noah’s sons. Did they too obey God, or were they obeying their dad? Either way they were rescued and saved from destruction by obeying their parents just as God’s Word prescribes.
So Noah did everything as the Lord commanded him. Noah was 600 years old when the flood covered the earth. He went on board the boat to escape the flood—he and his wife and his sons and their wives.
Children are a blessing from the Lord (see Psalm 127), AND children can receive blessing from the Lord (see Ephesians 6) . Obeying our parents (the ones in authority over us) is how we learn to obey the One with ALL authority. It turned out well for Noah’s kids.
Ephesians 6 has instructions for children in the home (6:1) and grown children (6:2) and the promise that follows (6:3). Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first commandment with a promise: If you honor your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the earth.” Ephesians 6:1-3
I’d like to mention specifically today, July 27, 2021 – our 30th wedding anniversary, that I have never regretted my husband’s leadership in our marriage requiring that we honor our parents, and it began even before our wedding day. My dad asked Rob to make sure I finished my degree, and my amazing husband worked his butt of in several jobs over the first two year of our marriage till I completed my bachelor's & teaching credential program. I’m thinking there were much better ways we could have used that time, energy and money in those early days, but my husband simply did what my dad asked him to do even though it was hard. Really hard. It was the product of a lifetime of practice obeying his own dad that lead him to honor mine. And there is only one outcome: God has richly blessed our marriage for 30 years. We have a beautiful family & home, jobs that pay the bills, health, ministry, cars that work, and dinner together every night. And those student loans literally were miraculously paid off with tv game show money. That just doesn’t happen. But GOD made sure it happened because he takes care of those he loves, those who trust him, those who obey him, those who don’t do what everyone else in the world is doing, those who know God’s Word and apply it to their lives.
I’m very thankful to my beautiful husband and our loving and gracious Heavenly Father for proving that his way is the best way.
I just can’t thank you enough for your blessings in our life together. Even the hard times have turned into blessings because we keep our eyes on Jesus who started this and keeps making it good until it is perfect. Thank you that your system is right and may our own children and their families and their family’s families honor you and follow you all the days of their lives. AMEN.