Always Obeying

 Noah did everything just as God commanded him from Gen 6:22

We have all heard the story of Noah. He built a big boat, God filled it with animals, and he was stuck in that boat for a long time. God destroys the whole world by sending a massive flood, and no one survives but Noah and his family.

So what does that have to do with me? I am pretty sure I will not be called on to build a massive boat, and stuff it full of cats and dogs and monkeys…so how do I apply this story to my life?

On Sunday, I was processing this story with my kids. They were really impressed with this verse. I probably would have skimmed over it, but my kids were shocked by it and wanted to linger on it for a minute. [Isn’t that cool about kids? They are often much better at listening to God from His word, in the moment…]

“How could he do that mommy?!” They asked me in their innocence. To be honest, I didn’t know how to answer. I know I have trouble obeying God for an entire day, let alone everyday…and I wasn’t quite sure what answer to give them…so for a moment I said nothing…

Then my other daughter chimed in, with a comment that I am still chewing on: “Maybe he wasn’t always obeying God…maybe he tried to obey, and when he messed up, he asked God to make him obey the next time…” Maybe, that is exactly it…

Holy Spirit, help me obey. In the moment. All the time. And when i don’t obey…change my heart..continually make me more like you.

j and eOur blog is written by pastor Thornton’s wife, Erika. She is a full time, stay at home mom, happily raising five kids! She runs our Family Ministries at Cornerstone. In her free time she enjoys crafting, cooking, building forts with her kids, and staying up late watching TV with Jonathan. Connect with her at or follow her on Pinterest.