“Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:22)
One of the most distinguishing marks that sets apart veteran warriors is their ability to follow orders without doubt, without fear, and without hesitation. No matter how great the martial prowess of any soldier might be, without the ability to reliably follow orders he can quickly become a hindrance, a rebel, and even a traitor. Great warriors exhibit unquestioning obedience; without it, they are a scourge and menace to themselves, their unit, and their commander.
Noah is an excellent example of a faithful warrior who was commanded to perform a difficult and confusing mission and followed through beautifully. He almost assuredly faced doubts and questions from his neighbors, his family, and even from within his own heart and mind. But he knew that his God would prove faithful and wise beyond the counsel of any of them, and because he walked with God, he knew that his trusted Companion and Commander would not lead him astray.
That’s what the question really comes down to for spiritual warriors; do you trust God more than the world or even yourself? Or will you flout the commands of God because they don’t mesh with all of your own “worldly wisdom” and “enlightenment”? Sometimes God orders us to operate in a way that the world looks at as foolish, or isn’t “politically correct,” or that we just don’t like. But God’s wisdom, justice, and righteousness are always vindicated in the end.
Noah wasn’t the only hero of the faith to get some funny looks during his spiritual mission. Jesus Himself dealt daily with family, friends, and disciples who thought that they knew better than Him and weren’t afraid to challenge His authority. They were so sure that they had it all figured out, and then the orders come down to them with all this stuff about suffering and dying…is He serious? This can’t be right! “Never Lord! This shall never happen to you!” But Jesus stayed the course, trusting in His Father and knowing that “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
God’s love and faithfulness empowered Noah to obey very difficult orders. His love and faithfulness have been proven steadfast and trustworthy time and again throughout the Bible and throughout history, culminating in Jesus’ victory on the cross. God’s warriors look to that same love and faithfulness today, drawing strength to go forward into battle even when we don’t completely understand His purposes or see His ultimate intentions.
“Your statutes are forever right; give me understanding that I may live.” (Psalm 119:144)
Prayer: Lord God, through His perfect obedience and atoning death, Your Son earned salvation and righteousness for me on the cross. For His sake, forgive me all my sins and give me grace to walk in Your commands, that I may glorify You. Help me to understand Your ways and purposes; and even when I don’t, to boldly follow Your will, trusting in Your Word – through Jesus Christ. Amen.