Noah was around five hundred years old when he was granted grace by the Lord. He was in the midst of a generation that mocked God and I am sure they tried to humiliate Noah for following this “so called” God. Noah spent a hundred years building an ark based on the Lord appearing to him one time. As far as we know, God did not speak to Noah again till the completion of the Ark. Noah followed the Lord without seeing rain, with the whole world against him, and he just was starting a family. The Bible makes mention of the perfection of Noah saying that he did “…ALL that God commanded him…” He was in the time of work.
There are too many Christians that have made these excuses their life as to why they cannot do certain things when it come to the Lord. They never accomplish great things for God because they never expect or attempt greatness from God. Noah did what God told him to do simply because God told him to do it. Noah was consistent regardless of the persecution from the outside. Noah was faithful even though his wife is not mentioned helping him (remember how Job’s wife told him to curse God and die?), and probably did not completely understand what he was doing. Yet, Noah served God the way he was commanded to, not the way he felt like. Noah worked in building the ark when he had a young family. It was not an easy task and he considering the dimensions of the ark, he would have had to work countless hours, yet he completed the whole process in a hundred years. There was no time for rest. There was no time to take “a break of that kitkat bar” or fifteen-minute-coffee-breaks every hour. With such a great task, what blows my mind is that God told him to build an ark and he never saw the purpose of the ark till roughly a hundred years later. He did not even know what an ark was! Would you have remained faithful?
They were at sea for forty days and nights, and waited longer for the waters to abate. The fruition of his labor was that his family was saved. At the end, Noah’s sacrifice caused him to find rest. He had rest in God by his righteous obedience (Eze. 14:14). He found rest by believing God (Heb. 11:7). He received rest because he was persistent (I Pet 3:20). He got rest by practicing what he preached (I Pet 3:20).