15
Apr
15

WALKING WITH GOD: NOAH

“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.  These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.” – Genesis 6:8-9

Noah was the grandson of Enoch, the first man who is mentioned as having walked with God in the Bible.  What was so extraordinary about the relationship that Noah had with God that caused the Holy Spirit to specifically point out that he walked with God?  Let us examine these simple points.

First, Noah “found favor in the eyes of The Lord.”  How can we find the same kind of favor?  If we could find it, this could go a long way in our having a closer, pleasing walk with God like Noah did!  Fortunately, Proverbs 3 tells us that we should wear “kindness and truth” around our neck and that we should “write them in the tablets of your heart” (v. 3).  This passage also exhorts us to “trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding” (v. 4).  We must cling to the truth of the Word of God and believe that His ways are reliable, trustworthy, and right.

Next, we can see that Noah is called a righteous and blameless man.  Does this mean that Noah never sinned?  Certainly not, because we can see that after the flood, one of the first things he did was to plant a vineyard, make wine and get drunk.  We are presented with a similar conundrum when Job is called “blameless” and “upright” (Job 1:1).  The King James uses the word “perfect.”  This does not mean that either man was sinless in the eyes of The Lord God, but that by the way their fellow men would judge their character, they were devout in their faith.

We should live so that we are seen by men as being blameless and upright.  These days, it seems that the more we stand for truth, the more truth is called evil. When all is said and done, our lives should be lived so that we receive favor from God and not from man.  This would be what is meant when Romans 12:-2 beseeches us to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds.”

Last, we can see from Hebrews 11:7 that Noah had a strong faith in what God said.  We are told that God warned him “about things not yet seen,” and that in reverence, he made an ark that saved him and his family from the flood of the rain.  The phrase of being warned “about things not yet seen,” combined with evidence from Genesis 2:5-6, and the idea that there had never been a rainbow until after the flood (Genesis 9:13-16), seem to reveal that rain had never fallen until the flood.  Therefore, Noah never saw rain, but believed that God was going to send it, and acted accordingly.

There are many things that God reveals to us in His Word that we cannot see.  But we are called to walk by faith and not by sight.  It is when we take action on the revelations of God that can’t be seen that we most often receive spiritual growth and acclaim.

Let us determine in our hearts to find favor with God, to be blameless and upright, and to walk by faith and not by sight!  Let us be conformed to Him and not the world!

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