It is said that women are much better than men at building flat-pack furniture, because they follow the instructions to the letter. Men tend to work on ‘when all else fails, read the instructions’! (or get their wives to do it for them.)
Thankfully Noah did follow the instructions for building the ark, and the job got done ‘just as God commanded him’.
This had required believing and trusting God, listening carefully to God’s detailed instructions, stepping out in faith, financial investment, much effort, and no doubt a considerable amount of ridicule from his evil neighbours. God said that he found him to be ‘righteous’. Actually, his life, and his family’s depended on it – if he hadn’t done exactly how God had instructed, he would simply not have survived. One tiny leak would have spelled disaster. There was no room for slipshod work.
If someone fails their driving test, it isn’t because the instructor has a mean streak, it’s because the safety of the candidate and every other road user depends on only allowing people to drive on the roads when they are ready for it.
Noah passed God’s test – his work was fit for purpose. Makes me think. What jobs has God given me to do – and is my work fit for purpose?