Noah – A Man Of Grace And Goodness

Daily God Walk for Thursday, September 17, 2009

 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… And the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth”… But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  – Genesis 6:5-8

 What a statement! “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” All the people of the earth were filled with evil imaginations and God said he would destroy all of mankind, but Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

The Hebrew word translated “grace” means graciousness, kindness or goodness. When God was contemplating the destruction that would come upon the world he looked at Noah and saw that we was a good, kind and gracious man. The Message says it this way; “God liked what he saw in Noah.”

Because of what God saw in Noah he gave him grace, or favor. It would be a wonderful testimony if it was said of any of us, “When God looked at so and so he liked what he saw.” We don’t know just what God saw in Noah, but it seems that he was gracious enough to get the attention of the Lord and for God to use him as an instrument of salvation for his family and the animals of the world.

One of the lessons we learn from the example of Noah is that God didn’t call Noah because he was building a big boat. Noah wasn’t trying to be something he wasn’t, neither was he trying to become something that was beyond him – Noah was just being Noah; a gracious, kind and good man. He was an anomaly in his culture, but that didn’t bother him.

Another lesson we can learn from Noah is that when God spoke to him he listened. He not only listened but he did what God instructed him to do. A big part of gaining the favor of God is being obedient to what he has instructed us to do. God is not looking for super stars, but he is looking for someone whose ego doesn’t get in the way of what he is needed to do.

 Principle: Live so that God will like what he sees in you.

 Affirmation: I daily strive to submit to the goodness of the Holy Spirit.

 Prayer: Lord, I don’t want to be a Noah or anything, but I do want to live so that when you look at me you like what you see. Help me live that way. Amen.

 Bible Reading: Psalm 15 – Jeremiah 23-24 – 1 Timothy 1 – Proverbs 17

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