by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Plan ahead to reach your goals. How many times have you heard that advice, or something similar to it?
God gave Noah a plan to build the ark that would save Noah and his family, along with two of every kind of living thing, from the flood God was about to unleash upon the world. What if Noah didn’t build the ark according to God’s plan? I imagine it may not have been large enough, or sturdy enough, or may not have floated. That being the case, Noah would have perished.
Instead of making things up as he went along, Noah relied on God to provide the blueprint for the ark. Noah didn’t head off on his own to create the large boat that would be his lifeboat. He followed God’s instructions.
Noah gathered his tools and equipment and began working. Noah followed through and completed the job. I doubt Noah felt he’d accomplished the great task on his own, especially when the ark was ready, and God called all the animals to it, then closed the door once everyone was inside.
Just as Noah planed ahead and followed God’s blueprint to save his life, God gives us a blueprint to save our lives as well. It is the plan of salvation found through the sacrificial blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. We can head out on our own, gathering tools and sketching a blueprint, but if we don’t follow the plan God established in the Bible, our boat won’t float and we’ll be sunk.
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Christ our Risen Lord and Savior. No matter how good a builder they might be.
Do you like to plan ahead, or are you more a spur of the moment person?
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This is how you are to make it: The boat is to be as long as 150 long steps, as wide as twenty-five long steps, and eight times taller than a man. Make a window for the boat, that goes down a cubit from the roof. Put a door in the side of the boat. And make it with first, second, and third floors … Noah did just what God told him to do. Genesis 6:15-16 & 22 (NLV)
I wish you well.
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