When Struggles Stick Around

We don’t know a whole lot about Noah. We know he was married. We know he had three sons. We know he was 600 years old when the flood waters finally came (Genesis. But perhaps the most important thing we know about Noah is the fact that he stuck out from the crowd. He wasn’t like everyone else.

He “was a righteous man, blameless in his generation” (Genesis 6:9b ESV). And he was willing to listen to God no matter what—even when it meant building an ark well before the flood waters ever came.

But the most important tidbit in Noah’s story is that he wasn’t this way on his own. He wasn’t some super “do-gooder” from antiquity.

Noah wasn’t perfect. He screwed up just like you and me.

In fact, a little farther along in his story, Noah becomes drunk (Genesis 9:20-21 ESV). He wasn’t righteous and blameless on his own. He was set apart for one simple reason: “Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:9c ESV).

The heart of Noah’s story is really about Noah’s heart. Noah didn’t just listen to God. He didn’t just hear Him without any follow through. Noah walked with God, allowing Him to direct his steps and actions. Noah wasn’t swayed by those around him. He was led by the Lord. And, consequently, Noah and his family weren’t just spared from the storm. They were literally carried through it.

Noah’s storm eventually came to an end, and the flood waters receded. But sometimes storms don’t pass. Sometimes struggles stick around. And sometimes we mess up in the middle of it all.

But even when this happens, we don’t have to worry. Our peace and our place with God has already been secured—no matter how our heart or head try to tell us differently—because it’s not about us. It’s about Him (John 3:30). And God has already promised that He’ll do all the fighting for us, if we’ll only wait on Him (Exodus 14:14, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 55:22).

So, no matter what you’re struggling with right now, no matter how you’re feeling, shift your focus. Stop looking so intently at your storm which can make fear and frustration fester (Proverbs 18:10). And instead, focus on the One in control over it all (Isaiah 45:7).