“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”Genesis 6:8/NIV
Reading in Genesis 6, realization occurs that humanity had gone astray: “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; God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways” (Genesis 6:5&12/NIV). Mankind, whom God created, was not seeking Him or a meaningful relationship with Him. Scriptural passage reflects “evil” regarding what humanity sought “all the time.” It is not surprising that God was frustrated regarding His creations!
However, Genesis reflects there was one person who was different during this referenced period of time whom God was pleased with: “Noah.” “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God” (Genesis 6:9b/NIV). Noah was righteous and blameless and had a faithful walk with his Creator! Interestingly, with all of humanity at that time, Noah was the only person specifically mentioned as someone with righteous qualities! God found favor in him for this reason! What an example for us!
Noah’s qualities reflected him as being “blameless,” which would certainly be an outcome of a righteous life. As Noah had a relationship with God, he knew what God’s expectations were, and he sought to follow them to be pleasing to his Heavenly Father! Noah also had a “faithful walk” with God, which indicated a relationship consisting of knowing what God expected of him and that God would take care of him because of his righteous and blameless nature! Noah was faithful to carrying out healthy expectations God had for him, which reflected his righteous qualities and a blameless nature!
In a review of Genesis 6:8 regarding Noah and his favorable qualities in the eyes of the Lord, there are important teaching points for me! The Bible is a vital and essential instruction manual for me to gain knowledge and wisdom, enabling me to walk pleasingly in the eyes of the Lord! As God told Joshua to read and meditate on His word day and night, I should do the same, and if I follow the teachings provided, I will be prosperous and successful (Joshua 1:8). As I follow the teachings provided in the Bible, this will provide me with a “righteous” mindset so that I can proceed in a “blameless and faithful” fashion leading to a prosperous and successful life. That will be pleasing to the Lord and perhaps a favorable view of me.
Self-reflection consideration: What needs to change about me so that the Lord will find favor in me?
Many blessings to you!
Thank you Pastor Paul Warrick for the inspirational message you provided which gave me insight to write this devotional.
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