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Walk Faithfully With God

08.18.19 | Bulletin Article | by Bryan Auxier

    Water erupted from the land, and water poured from the sky. It rained 40 days and 40 nights continuously without relief.  The world as it was known came to an end.  No one expected it.  No one was equipped.  Well … that’s not exactly how it happened. There was actually someone who did expect it and did make preparations. Noah, the Bible says, stood out because he was different than those around him.

    “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.’ ” – Genesis 6:5-7

    Noah lived during a corrupt and violent time, and that section of Scripture gives us a glimpse at how wicked it actually was during those days.  In the same way, the next two verses offer us a look at Noah. “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” - Genesis 6:8-9

    Noah chose to walk faithfully with God during those wicked times. Noah made that choice despite the fact that all those around him were rejecting God. Because of Noah’s choice, God chose Noah.

    In Genesis 6:17 God shares His plan with Noah, “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.”  Fortunately for Noah, the Lord had a special plan for him. “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.” – Genesis 6:18

    God provided Noah with the details for building the ark and bringing the other necessary items on board, and to Noah’s credit according to Genesis 6:22 & Genesis 7:5 he did everything just as God commanded. 

    “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” – Genesis 6:22

    “And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.” – Genesis 7:5

    Noah is commended for his faith in Hebrews 11:7, “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.”

    Noah and his family were sparred because Noah was prepared.  Noah was prepared because he had a relationship with the Lord, and he chose to obey the instructions provided by the Word of God.

    The best way we can prepare for what is to come is for us to follow Noah’s example and walk faithfully with God.