DATE WRITTEN: Friday, 2021-01-08
WRITTEN AT: Paul B Johnson State Park, Hattiesburg, MS
BIBLE REFERENCE: Genesis 6:10-13
TRANSLATION: Good News Translation (GNT)
BIBLE TEXT: 10 Noah had no faults and was the only good man of his time. He lived in fellowship with God, 11 but everyone else was evil in God’s sight, and violence had spread everywhere. 12 God looked at the world and saw that it was evil, for the people were all living evil lives. 13 God said to Noah, “I have decided to put an end to all people. I will destroy them completely, because the world is full of their violent deeds.
OBSERVATION: It is evident in our Scripture today what makes God proud of us – when we live in a right relationship with Him, and how our evil minds upset Him – for He is the Designer; Maker of all things around us; and the God of this universe. As I read the Scriptures today, it was as if God chose to remind me that our recent events of riots; crime; hatred; envy and our insistence of our own personal agendas really compares to what He saw in the time of Noah. Friends, if we, as simple forms of mankind are fed up with the crime and sin of our countrymen/women, imagine how God must be getting to the end of His rope with us. But God gave us an example to follow – the story of Noah should open our eyes today about what truly pleases God.
APPLICATION: I wonder, how many Noah’s are there in your Circle of influence? I am amazed by the simple term used to clarify the righteousness of Noah – ‘He lived in fellowship with God’. Wow! We hear lots of good things said at a funeral, or at a roast, but how often have you heard of a man being referred to as ‘He lived in fellowship with God’. So I believe it is worth our time to consider what this truly means. Some versions says that Noah was right with God (a righteous man) and that he obeyed God. I believe that he was a man full of faith also, for God knew that it would take great faith in Him to obediently follow through with all He was about to order Noah to do. You see, men seem to love doing their own thing, by themselves, probably so they could receive all the praise. In a personal experience, I once worked with a group of men who agreed to undertake reconstruction of an area of our church auditorium to incorporate a sound system for the church. A fine, older gentleman took the charge, but soon many of the helpers felt they were interfering by trying to help, so they stopped going to try and help. They felt like the older gentleman wanted to complete the task alone. Now, notice how often the Bible records Noah objecting, correcting or suggesting to God what should be done differently with the dimensions, building material or layout of the ark. I believe that Noah had built such a love and respect for his Father – knowing that He had already created the whole earth perfectly, created mankind perfectly, and been more patient with His children than any man could attempt to do, so of course Noah listened to God, and obeyed Him without excuse or question. I believe we could easily see why God chose Noah, and why Moses referred to Noah as a man who lived in fellowship with God. But let’s now look at what may have upset God enough with the rest of His creation that He wanted to get rid of them and start over again? The Bible says that God was tired of their evil and the violence that had spread everywhere. Can we truly read those words and not reflect on our world today? There are some who are beheading Christians; some who are killing infants before they are given a chance at life; some who are killing police and others at they try to have their own way in riots; some who are stealing from the poor, even while watching them live under bridges out of their own poverty; some who reject the church because of its stand for God and some who attend church out of habit, but have no desire to commit to a right relationship with God. What is it that may cause God to act any differently with us, than the way He acted with the people of Noah’s day? Should He be any kinder to us? Should He save our people from disaster even when they act like Satan and follow his evil plan? Please let me encourage each reader today by saying that it is not too late to accept Jesus as Lord, and it is not too late to develop a right relationship with our Maker. Worship Him daily; read His Word daily for that day’s instructions, and reminders of how you should act; seek to recognize His presence in everything you attempt each day; and follow His commands in obedience to His Word each and every day. Enjoy a right relationship with Your Master and Lord, precious friend!
PRAYER: Dear Lord, You are merciful and kind, almighty and all-powerful. Your love for Your children is beyond our comprehension for it is so unconditional and pure. I believe that when You started the world population over at the time of the flood, You may have hoped that we would have learned our lesson from Your actions with the people of Noah’s day. I am truly saddened by the news each and every day, for it seems that our people today are much worse than anything You saw back then. Please be patient with us as we learn about Your goodness, and Your patience with Your children who consistently revert to evil, instead of seeking to follow Your will and Your design. Please Lord, forgive us of our sin – both our actions, words and our thoughts, for without You in our lives, we are left to the will of our earthly master – Satan. Only You could make things better for us, Lord. Please deal in the hearts of each reader that we may seek Your face and do Your will by having a right relationship with You, as long as we have breath here on earth. AMEN!
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