As I've been rereading the book of Genesis this year, I've been struck once again by the examples of obedience (and disobedience!) that fill this first book of the Bible. Biblical obedience simply means hearing God's Word and acting accordingly. Such a simple definition for something that is often difficult in a world that shouts for us to find our own way and to do certain things (or not do certain things) so that we'll fit in and be accepted. However, the Biblical examples clearly demonstrate that obedience to God leads to blessings, while disobedience leads to undesirable consequences.
The story of Noah and the flood is familiar to many and provides a wonderful example of obedience. Noah built an ark based on God's directions. Genesis 6:22 tells us that Noah did all that God commanded him.
Noah was a righteous man who walked with God, yet it must have been difficult to stand strong through the ridicule and questions that surely came his way as he spent years building the ark. Yet, he and his family were saved because of his obedience.
I have to admit that I'm glad God hasn't called me to build a boat in my front yard. (In fact, I'm pretty sure it's against our homeowner's association's regulations!) However, as God is calling me to share more and more about Him through illustrated Bible journaling classes and opportunities to teach, I want to follow the examples He's given us in His Word and do "all that He commands."