Noah of Biblical times has received a lot of notice lately with Hollywood producing a movie about him. Do you remember your Sunday School stories about Noah and his taking the animals "two by two?" It makes a great story; however, the real story of Noah is one of persistence.
Noah lived in a time that "was corrupt before God" and "filled with violence." "And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imaginiatio of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." (Genesis 6:5) (Doesn't this sound a lot like our own day?)
When Noah received the commandment to build an ark, people scoffed at him. They pointed fingers, laughed, and generally treated him as though he'd escaped from the loony bin. (I take refuge in that thought as some people think the same about me!)
Noah paid these nay-sayers no mind and set about to follow the Lord's commadments. He "... did according until all that the Lord commandned him." (Genesis 7:5)
Noah's persistence was rewarded. The floods that the Lord had warned him of came and destroved every living thing. While his scoffers and critics were swept away in the flood, Noah and his followers survived. They had a remarkable opportunity: to make the world a better place.
Joy for today: learning from a prophet.