Keep Your Heart Open to God
Faith opened Noah’s heart to receive revelation and warnings from God about what was coming, even things that had never been seen. But he stepped out in reverent obedience to God and built an ark that would save him and his family.
Hebrews 11:7 (TPT)
This time of the year, a slew of Hallmark Movies come out. Watch one, and you can tell how each one will turn out. She loves him, but he doesn't know it. He loves her, but she seems uninterested. Inevitably you hear the line, "I'm done, no more trying, I give up." But hope springs eternal, and by the end of the movie, all is well that ends well!
Hellen Keller once said, "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence". God's word agrees! Our faith and hope keep us going because our heart stays open to Jesus. But if ever we close our hearts to God, we shut off our ability to receive instructions and warning from Him. We cut ourselves off from revelation, and our ability to increase and multiply in Him ends.
Noah was a man who kept his heart open to God while living among people whose every thought was evil. Like the meaning of his name, God granted him rest, and because He believed God, he and his family escaped the flood's destruction. When God "got done with the world," He was beginning with Noah.
When the Lord shut the ark's door, he waited another seven days before the rain came. To the very end, the Lord patiently waited for anyone to knock on the ark's door and say, "Let me in," but that did not happen. Do you question, "Is the Lord done with me?" No, he's not. He's knocking at your heart's door, waiting for you to invite Him in to begin again.