Noah invested about 100-120 years in building an ark (Gen. 5:32-6:22). That’s a long time, even in those days. It would be like someone today spending 10-12 years building a boat, car, or house.
Do you think you would tire of building something for that long? I do. No doubt some days would be tedious. Others just a hassle or filled with the question, “Will this ever be done?”
On top of the length of time in building the ark, Noah was building for something never seen.
Was the investment of time, energy, and effort worth it? Yes! Think about what Noah gained out of it all.
1. He was delivered from death & judgment.
2. His family was delivered from death & judgment.
3. He lived another 350 years (Gen. 9:28, 29).
When we build our house on the rock, we make a worthwhile investment (Matt. 7:24-27). Some days are tedious. On others we have doubts, worries, and weariness. As we build a Christian life, however, we look forward to a payoff that far exceeds anything we have put into it.
Looking back at Noah’s life and the task before him, we can all easily see the time and effort put into building the ark was well worth it. Let us apply this to our lives in service to Christ. If we will build by faith, we will be delivered from death and Judgment…to live, not 350 years, but eternally.
lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven –Matt. 6:20
there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing –2 Timothy 4:8
to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you –1 Peter 1:4