There are several lessons to be learned about God from Noah and the Ark. The first thing we learn is that our sin grieves Him. Genesis 6: 5-6 tell us that, “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.”
Another thing we see is that He is a God of both judgement and grace. He shared with Noah His plan to destroy the earth but in Genesis 6: 8-9 we are told, “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.” God had a plan to save Noah and his family from the upcoming flood.
We can also learn about obedience. God gave Noah detailed instructions for building an ark and for what he should bring on the ark. Genesis 6:22 says, “Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.” We can only imagine what others around him thought as Noah built the ark. They most likely thought that he was crazy. Obedience to God may often mean doing things that the world around us won’t understand.
The last lesson that I will discuss here is that of hope. Noah and his family were on the ark and taking care of all the animals for a long time. We are told that it rained for 40 days and 40 nights. Then after all the earth was flooded and every living thing on the earth was destroyed, they had to wait for all that water to dry up before they could come out of the ark. Then, finally, the day came when God told Noah to go out of the ark. There must have been some dark days for Noah and his family on the ark. Here we can learn that even in the darkest of times, there is hope. We must have faith and wait on the Lord.