One of the most important lessons we can glean from the life of Noah is the horizon of our faith.
God asks us, like Noah, to move our reward horizon far off, including beyond our lifetime. He did not let Noah know exactly what it would look like after the waters receded. He did tell him one of His promises was going to take a hundred and twenty years. That’s a long time to trust.
God asks us to trust Him for our entire life. And beyond. We ought to build our ark with an eye toward Eternity. To please God, we must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him (Heb 11:6).
The rewards we seek will not be fully realized during our lifetime on this Earth. Our faithfulness will see its true victory in Heaven. And that requires a lot of faith on our part. It is challenging to live in this world according to promises that extend beyond this world.
This is the thing that fascinates the angels. That we would be able to extend our trust beyond the horizon of what we can see. That we might put our hope in something we cannot understand.
The horizons of our reward are in direct proportion to their greatness. There is so much in store for those who are faithful to God. God wants us to believe that His rewards will be worth it.