The Story of Noah
The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth –men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air–for I am grieved that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
This is the account of Noah.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. Noah had three sons:Shem, Ham and Japheth.
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it:The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark –you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”
Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
Noah found favor in the eyes of God. The King James Bible uses the word ‘grace.’ Grace is blessing undeserved. It is when the Lord gives us more than we are worthy of receiving. So though it says that Noah was a righteous man and blameless, he was not perfect. The King James uses the word ‘perfect,’ but had Noah been perfect, he would have deserved everything God gave to him. The Scripture would not say that Noah found ‘grace.’ It would have said that God gave to Noah what he deserved because he was perfect. I only say this so that we understand that we have at least one thing in common with Noah. None of us are perfect and we need the ‘grace’ and ‘favor’ of God in our lives.
It is relevant for us today to see what caused the Lord to pour out his ‘grace’ and ‘favor’ out on Noah. Sure, it says he was blameless and righteous. But we know that Noah, like all men, was born with a sinful nature. To be blameless and righteous does not come naturally. Our natural state is one of self-preservation no matter the lengths we have to go in order to protect our own interests. Deceit, trickery, condemnation, and manipulation are all tools of the trade that come natural as we seek the objects of our own selfishness. Of course, this way does not work, but it is our natural way. No one has to teach us how to be selfish. So what did Noah do that allowed him to turn away from his natural bent toward sin that he might live blamelessly? Well…he walked with God.
Who do you walk with? The Scripture says that bad company corrupts good character (1 Corinthians 15:33). Who we spend our time with and hang out with will have a lot to do with what our character becomes. He walked with God. He kept up with God. He did not lag behind. When the Lord asks us to do something, we should not fall behind. If He has brought it to our attention, something we need to do, need to stop doing, or need to work on, we must not fall off the pace, but address it immediately. He walked with God. He did not run ahead. We often run ahead of the Lord by making plans without considering His desires for our life. We also run ahead by worry, stress, and fear. We need to wait and walk with Him. We must seek His desire for our life and not our own. Then we must trust. When the pitfalls of the path are suddenly beneath our feet, if we have run ahead, He will not be there to protect us. Waiting for Him keeps us from facing any danger, toil, or snare alone. He will always be with us, and He will lift us up making us more than overcomers in all things (Romans 8:37)
Walk with God and you will find grace and favor all the days of your life. He will give to you what you have not deserved. I don’t know about you, but for this highly imperfect man, it comforts my spirit that I can position myself for grace despite all I have done sinful. Let us walk with God and enjoy His grace.
How well are you doing walking with God?
“He replied, ‘The Lord, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with you and make your journey a success…