The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, "I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them." But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. (italicized is mine)
What does this say? Noah was a righteous man who walked with God and because of his faith, he found favor in God's eyes. THAT is why God used him. Do you think God would have used someone in this circumstance who didn't have enough faith to build the ark- even when it seemed crazy? Do you think God would use someone today who doesn't have enough faith to do what he asks? Do you have that much faith? Is God able to use you in extrordinary ways because you not only believe what He says, but also do what He says? Don't you want God to be glorified through your faith in Him? Don't be like Moses in Exodus 4 where God asks him to speak to the people and Moses doesn't have enough faith that he could do it. Moses was not good at speaking to people- maybe even had a speech impediment- but God said, "Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak." Even after God asks Moses, and then encourages him, Moses still refused. Moses missed a great blessing, and God was not happy with Moses for his lack of faith. Instead, God used Aaron. Don't let opportunities pass you by because of your lack of faith. Be available to God because of your great faith!
I also want to exalt verse 26 of chapter 11. I think it is so important that we pause and reflect on this verse, but before you do, please read the verse in context:
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king's edict. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharoah's daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.
Moses chose to be unpopular for the sake of Christ. Moses chose to be mistreated for the sake of Christ. He chose to leave a family of earthly power to become family with Divine power. He considered Christ more important than any thing else he could have on earth. Through that love of God, he had immense faith and God used him to do amazing things- like parting the Red Sea. You don't do that by yourself! Do you see Christ as a greater wealth than any treasure you could have on earth? Are you willing to give up your reputation for the sake of Him? Are you seeking earthly reward or heavenly reward? Can God give account of your faith in Him? When you meet Him at the gate of heaven, what will He say of you? Will He say to me, "Because of faith, Leanne...." or will He say, "Because of Leanne's lack of faith I used someone else..."? Without faith, it is impossible to please God (verse 6). Is God pleased with you?