Almost all of us must have read the story of Noah, or watched one of those movies made to depict the story. I would advise we all stick to the version of the story as told in the Bible, as some of the movies produced contain a lot of misrepresentations and distortions. The latest disappointment is the one that featured Russell Crowe as Noah, and Emma Watson as Noah’s wife, and was directed by Darren Aronofsky. The twisting of the facts in this latest depiction of Noah’s story is a reflection of the heart position of its creator, Darren. We must beware of some of the movies coming out of Hollywood, particularly those with story lines supposedly extracted from the Bible.
“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes”. Matt 24:37-39
God ensured that those of us who are living in the end of days stand a better chance to get it right with Him, unlike our progenitors in the days of Noah. We have been given a road map to guide us as we navigate our way back to God. And this road map also contains warnings, signals and indicators as we approach our destination. One of such important signals is “as it was in the days of Noah”. More than ever before, this important warning that was given by Jesus Christ Himself is apposite for our day. In order to properly understand the implication of this warning, it is important to understand the iconic man called Noah.
Noah in his day upheld God’s singular standard in the midst of widespread perversity, which is similar to what we have in our day. We have again found ourselves in a world with no moral compass to guide human behaviour; where the very word of God meant to serve that purpose has been neglected and in most cases perverted. For this reason, the earth will continue to fragment, and social, political and economic systems will continue to fall apart. Our present world is similar to that in which Noah existed, but he nevertheless, maintained his right standing with God (2 Peter 2:1-5). He maintained the standard when the vast majority of the people neglected the ways God.
Noah dedicated his entire life building the ark. The ark was intended to protect them from impending flood. It had never rained until that time. So it didn’t make sense to the people when he told them about the need to build (the required lifestyle). He did not just spend his entire life building the ark, the ark was his life. It was actually his life that he was building, just as we are required to build our lives right NOW in preparation for the end of this age. Peter asked an important question when he said; now that the day is approaching what manner of life are we supposed to be living? We are required to live holy and godly like Noah did in the sight of God (2 Peter 3:11).
No one else could be saved in the days of Noah because they refused to build their lives. The moment Noah was done building, to the required standard of God, the rain started. If anyone had suddenly woken up to start building at that time, it would have become too late. Right now, people are living life normally just as Jesus Christ described in Matthew 24:37, and in the midst of all the crises and vortex of activities that we are engaged in, God is asking us to build the required lifestyle that would serve as a safety net for us at end of the age. God is not asking us to build a physical boat, but a lifestyle that conforms to the standards, values and principles as demonstrated to us by Christ.
Let me conclude this part by addressing two groups of people. First are those who don’t pay any attention to God’s word and instructions. Some of them are even making a mockery of the Way (word of God), just like the mass of the people did in the days Noah. You still have the chance to build your own ark (life). It would be too late once it starts raining (i.e. when the crisis deepens – Matthew 24).
The second group are believers who instead of building accurate lifestyle are possessed with ‘bless me’ mentality. When you carefully listen to what comes out of most of our pulpits today, and see what most believers are preoccupied with, you would clearly see that this life has a stronger hold over their lives than eternity. It is obvious that the current popular Christianity cannot build the ARK that is required for the end of days. God is raising the remnants, who like Noah are committed to upholding God’s singular standard in an increasingly corrupt world. Believers who are preoccupied with both material and immaterial blessings from God would be surprised to realize that all their time-based pursuits are a total distraction and neglect of the actual engagement. The quality of life we build here and now will determine our final destination (1 Corinthians 3:15). This is the time to focus on building accurate lifestyle and not chasing things that have no eternal value.