Read: Genesis 8:1-10:32; Matthew 4:12-25; Psalm 4:1-8; Proverbs 1:20-23
One of the greatest stumbling blocks I’ve faced as a Christian has been maintaining a healthy heart toward material things. While there is nothing wrong with delighting in the things God has placed in our stewardship, the danger lies in allowing stuff to become the object of our worship and the center of our lives.
Noah is heralded as an example of extraordinary faith in heeding the call of the Lord. Equally impressive is Noah’s sustained faith through the flood and his actions upon exiting the ark when the water receded. Leaving the ark, he saw a world devoid of the people, places and things present before the flood. But Noah did not greet the wasteland with remorse for his losses. Instead the first recorded act by Noah was to build an altar and worship the Lord for his deliverance from destruction (Genesis 8:20). Through Christ we have all been similarly delivered. We could learn a lot from Noah about how to perpetually rejoice in the Lord despite our day-to-day circumstances.
God may not always lead us in the path we find most convenient, or the path of greatest material comfort. But knowing God surpasses all of these things. As Christians, we know how the psalmist feels when he tells God, “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound” (Psalm 4:7).