“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually… But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” ~ Genesis 6:5, 8
POINTS to PONDER:
Though everyone was doing wrong, Noah decided to do right.
- Noah stood alone.
- Noah’s walk was lonely: He had no friends, no pastor; only his family.
- Noah found disfavor (disapproval) in the eyes of men; but he found favor in the eyes of God.
- Noah’s family benefited from Noah’s faith/faithfulness.
QUESTIONS to CONSIDER:
(1) Are you willing to stand for God when no-one else is?
When everyone else is compromising, will you be UNcompromising?
Are you willing to be the uncool, the fuddy-duddy, the stick-in-the-mud, the square, the goody-two-shoes, the odd-man-out, the weirdo, the fanatic, the moron, the dinosaur, the last Christian standing?
Are you willing to suffer ALONE?
Be careful, it is easy to ANSWER yes with our lips, but it is MUCH harder to “LIVE” yes with our lives.
(2) Whose favor are you seeking? Are you seeking God’s favor? Or the world’s favor?
These paths are mutually exclusive: we have to choose either “the broad way” or the “narrow way”. Those who went with the world, ALL died in their unrighteousness. Noah went with God and he was saved in God’s righteousness. We can’t be “inside the ark” and “outside the ark” at the same time: we have to choose one. AND there comes a day when the God closes the door of the ark: the “window” of opportunity slams shut, and the chance to choose salvation is gone.
(3) What kind of inheritance are you preparing for your children?
Noah’s children inherited God’s favor. Noah “found grace in the eyes of the Lord” and Noah’s children were saved as a result. The righteous man is a source of great blessing to his children (if they are humble enough to receive it: children must make a choice too). We often try to pass on, wealth, education, and property to our children, and that is good. But it will ONLY last them for the brief time they have on earth. The best inheritance we can “pass on” is salvation; that inheritance will last them forever: in this world and in heaven. A righteous father gives far more to his children than wealth.