Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Noah walked with God

Genesis 6:8-9 says, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” Noah lived in perhaps the most wicked age in history. No one worshiped God. All the people worshiped idols and pursued their own sinful pleasures. Noah’s neighbors were evil; every person he associated with in the marketplace, or along the street, or in public gatherings, ridiculed the very thought of being faithful to God. Every temptation imaginable was abundantly available to Noah. How oppressive such an environment would have been to a righteous person (cf. 2 Peter 2:5)!
The people of Noah’s day were so wicked that God planned the most complete and drastic act of judgment recorded in scripture. Nevertheless, Noah was not lost to God in the crowd of sinners. God noticed every act of Noah’s righteousness. Noah had chosen to live uprightly before God despite what everyone around him was doing, and God had watched him. There may have been times when Noah wondered if it mattered if he lived a righteous life, since no one else was. Yet he continued, and his persistence in righteousness saved his life and the lives of his family members.
Are you constantly surrounded by evil? Do you struggle at times to live righteously when those with which you associate have no concern for God? Find assurance in the life of Noah. God watches you, even as He observed Noah. Paul wrote, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his …” (2 Timothy 2:19). Noah proved it!
Kyle Campbell


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