Noah is one of the prominent members of the “Hall of Faith” in chapter 11 of the book of Hebrews. Noah is our example because he pleased God by doing all God asked of him.

Hebrews 11 wants us to follow the example of these heroes of faith, like Noah. But it tells us that we cannot please God without first acknowledging that God is truly God. We must believe that “He is.”

We are invited to believe God is really GOD. Not a genie in a bottle we can conjure up when we need help. Not an innocuous Santa that hands out goodies. But a Consuming Fire – and an ever present help in the time of need. The Sovereign Creator of All – who became the Servant of All. The very Definition of Love.

We do not define GOD. GOD defines us. And if we want to have Award-Winning Hebrews 11 Faith, we have to submit to God as He is, not as we would make Him.

If we don’t believe that God is GOD, then it won’t make sense to diligently seek Him. It will make a lot more sense to diligently seek our own way. If we don’t see God as GOD, we are inclined to have the attitude of “That might be ok for others, but I know what is best for me.” God knows and seeks our best and, if we want to be let in on the answers, we need to seek His voice.

Wisdom and reward begin with this: an acknowledgment of God. If we are going to build an ark based on his specifications, we have to start by trusting in Him as the Creator, Designer, and Sustainer of the Universe. To acknowledge that if we build an ark according to His specifications, it will turn out for our best.

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
– Hebrews 11:5-6