"By Faith, Noah being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household..." Hebrews 11:7a
A Leap of Faith
Martin Luther, the leader of the Reformation, once said “The true, living faith, which the Holy Spirit instills into the heart, simply cannot be idle.” Faith demands action—it demands obedience.
Probably one of the more powerful "classic" illustrations I’ve ever heard on this topic involved a small boy’s lesson in faith. One night a house caught fire and a young boy was forced to flee to the roof. The father stood on the ground below with outstretched arms, calling to his son, "Jump! I'll catch you." He knew the boy had to jump to save his life. All the boy could see, however, was flame, smoke, and blackness. As can be imagined, he was afraid to leave the roof. His father kept yelling: "Jump! I will catch you." But the boy protested, "Daddy, I can't see you." The father replied, "But I can see you and that's all that matters."
J. Gresham Machen, the Presbyterian theologian, once wrote, “The more we know of God, the more unreservedly we will trust him; the greater our progress in theology, the simpler and more childlike will be our faith.” Great faith doesn’t mean you must become a theologian—it simply means you follow after God. The little boy jumped simply because he knew his father was there and loved him. Noah acted because he knew God was holy as well as merciful. What do you know of God?
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