When I was a young child and my parents would ask me to do something, I would do it without questioning their authority. They would tell me to brush my teeth, I would cooperate. When they told me not to eat a candy bar, I would put it down, no questions asked. When they told me to finish my food, I would do it without fuss. But as I grew older, I started asking questions and I became more “cheeky”, as my mom would say. Instead of just obeying them, I would ask “why”, and sometimes, this is our exact attitude towards God’s authority over us.
In the account of Noah (Genesis 6:9-22), the Lord saw the wickedness in the world and commanded Noah to build a massive ark and gather clean animals before God sent out the waters. Instead of questioning God or his own ability, in verse 22, it merely says “Noah did everything just as God commanded him”.
Throughout the process of God revealing Himself to Noah and Noah building the ark, Noah didn’t question God’s authority or why he had to do this, despite the people around him and their snarky remarks. Noah remained faithful to God’s command and authority.
The obedience that Noah had, despite his circumstances, is the same attitude we should have when it comes to God’s authority over our lives. When it comes to obedience and walking in righteousness, we should be ready and on the go for God, instead of remaining stagnant in our faith.
Asking questions and sparking curiosity isn’t wrong, but when it gets in the way of full surrender and obedience, that’s when we should look back into God and His authority over us.
– Chelsea Mendoza