Noah in a Wicked World (Part 1)

Bible Reading: Genesis 6

Bible Verse: “The paths of the LORD are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them.” Hosea 14:9

Have you ever felt alone?  I know I have. Sometimes it feels like I’m the only at school really trying to follow God.

It’s not true, of course. Noah had it much worse. God found him to be the only righteous person on earth.  Everyone else in the world was corrupt and full of violence. They looked for ways to do evil. But Noah was righteous and he walked with God. He was “blameless in his generation.”

The people became so bad, that God decided to destroy the whole earth with a flood. He would start over with Noah and his family. Only eight people: Noah and his wife, his three sons, and their wives. He told Noah to build an ark, a huge boat, to save his family and the animals.

How did Noah stay righteous in such a world? Following the crowd is easy, almost automatic. Noah believed God. He listened and obeyed the Lord.

Noah was “blameless in his generation.” He stood out from everyone else. He didn’t talk and act and live like the rest of the world. He walked with God, living like God was standing next to him.

God told Noah, “Build an ark.”

Noah didn’t say, “That’s silly.”  He started building.

No matter where we live, no matter how our neighbors act, we can stay righteous. Noah wasn’t perfect. But he believed what God said, and he found grace.

What about you?

Do you see people around you living as though God doesn’t exist?

How do you remember that God is always near you?

Prayer:   Heavenly Father, thank you for choosing me to follow you.  Help me to always keep my eyes on you when things get tough.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.