The Results of Obedience

Scripture: Genesis 6.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Genesis 6:22 (NLT)

22 So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

There are several amazing facts about Noah in this chapter that really touched my heart. In verse 9 it says that Noah was a righteous man, in fact he was the only blameless one on earth, and he walked closely with God. I bet that it was because he walked closely with God that he was found righteous. What if you were asked to pick one righteous person from your church? Now notice that I said ‘church’ and not your neighborhood, or place that you hang out. Yes, even at church I bet we would have difficulty finding a person we consider ‘righteous’. However, we find in the story that Noah was told by God about all the unrighteousness going on, and that it had disturbed God so much that He was going to destroy everything. Then God gave Noah instructions to build a boat – this was a first, but Noah followed the instructions. God told Noah that the reason for the boat was because He was sending a flood. It had never rained, so this was a first time event. Noah was told that he would not only take his family on this large boat, but also two of every kind of animal, bird and every creepy crawly thing. Yet in verse 22 we are told that Noah did everything that God told him to do. Friends, I believe that God showed me that I am to listen and obey when He speaks, and not be finding excuses or reasons why I feel like God messed up with His instructions. I believe that God wants us to be so closely in tuned with Him that we will hear His voice, understand His instructions and have no doubt that He is 100% right in what He is telling us to do. THEN we will begin accomplishing the work that God would like to do through us! Let’s set self aside and allow God to be God in our lives. The lives of Noah and his family, and every living creature were saved as a result of his obedience. Imagine what God can do through us in response to our obedience!

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Lord, You are well aware of how many excuses we find to not be obedient to You. Please forgive me, and please touch the hearts of my readers that they too may surrender whole heartedly to You in complete obedience. You are God alone, and I need You to work on me so that I may not only allow You to assume Your proper position, but also that I may obey You without question or comment. As I was reminded in our sermon last Sunday, delayed obedience is actually disobedience. Please help me to be Your obedient child through whom You can accomplish Your work in and through me to my church, my family and my friends.

 

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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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