Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Noah Walked with God

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
Genesis 6:5-11, NKJV

Noah Walked with God

Does God see what goes on in the earth? When evil seems to prevail and good people are persecuted and mistreated, does God see? Yes! Though it may appear that the wicked in this earth are overpowering and overruling the Godly, a time will come when God will say, "Enough!"

That is precisely what happened in the days of Noah. When God looked upon the earth He saw that the wickedness of man was great--and only evil continually. That sounds quite familiar, does it not? Is that not what we see in our day as well?

The Bible tells us that God determined to destroy this earth--both man and beast, creeping things, and birds of the air. But, then what do we read in verse 8? But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Here we see the two contrasts much as we see them in our day as well. The earth was corrupt before God and filled with violence, but Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Has there ever been a time when true believers have been so tempted to follow in the ways of the world? Indeed, would it not be much easier for us to just succumb to the ways of the world and not always feel the need to be different. The choice of sin is often the easier choice to make, but it is certainly not the better choice.

God has called his children to come out from the world and be separate. God's people are a holy peopled, called out from the sin of this world. Does that mean that God's people are perfect? No! While we live in this world we will always struggle with our three enemies: the world, the flesh, and the devil. What are we to do?

We do have one thing that the people in the days of Noah did not have. We have the completed Word of God. We are encouraged by the historical books as well as the Psalms and Proverbs to live faithfully before God. Like David, in the Psalms, we are called to look to God for our strength. The arm of flesh will certainly fail us--we trust in God, alone.

The New Testament gives us the Gospel accounts of the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. The epistles written by Paul and others encourage us to faithfully live our lives in obedience to God in the power of Christ. No longer do we need to be tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine, for now we have the Word of God to guide and direct us so that we may faithfully follow the Lord Jesus Christ. We find that though there is no help, in and of ourselves, Christ has done what we cannot do. Christ has paved the way between us and God.

When God looks upon His people on this earth, He does not see their sin, but rather, He sees the blood of Christ imputed to them. By the grace of God, let us throw off the shackles of this world and seek the help of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Let us go to Christ so that when God looks upon the wickedness and evil of this world, He sees His grace applied to us, His children, through Christ. Christ is the only way to God. Even Noah, though Christ had not yet come, looked forward to the righteousness of Christ imputed to Him. Through the Messiah who would come, Noah found grace in the eyes of God.

Noah walked with God. Even though he found none other faithful, yet he did not turn to the right or to the left. Let us, by God's grace, also walk with God this day. Let us proclaim the Light of Christ who has come into this world to save sinners, of whom we are chief!

God Bless You,
Linda


 


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