Trust in the Lord with all your hear, and do not lean on your own understanding. -Proverbs 3:5
Walking onto the ark was an act of faith for Noah. If gopher wood is anything like the animal from which it gets its name, it does not inspire confidence. Will that roof on the third deck be watertight? Can I handle months afloat with these folks? What if God forgets us? Noah had to walk away from self-doubt and onto the ark in faith.
Walking off the ark was an equally bold act of faith:
Then God said to Noah, “Go out from the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.” … So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him. — Genesis 8:15-16, 18
Each step required Noah to walk in faith. Are those storm clouds on the horizon? What if God forgets his promise never again to flood the earth? When will these new trees bear edible fruit?
Walking by faith means walking onto the boat, trusting that God’s plan will float. Walking by faith means walking off the boat, trusting that God will provide.
Walking with God by faith is not always comfortable. You will have to confront your own self-doubts: Can I be the husband my wife deserves? Can I fill my father’s shoes? Will I raise my children well? Can I provide for my family in this economy? Can I lead my family forward in faith? At times you will wonder if you are heading toward dry ground or right into the mud. You will look around and question if anything you are doing will ever bear fruit.
When the waters of self-doubt are rising all around, resist the temptation to retreat into trusting your own abilities. Instead, trust in the Lord, your Savior-God. he is the one with blueprints that guarantee and unsinkable life. He is the One who has proven his love and power in Christ Jesus, your Savior.
The empty tomb demonstrates once and for all that God’s plans will never end up stuck in the mud. No matter how high the waters rise, you can trust your Lord to lead you to dry ground.
From the book “Man of God Walking by Faith”