by Pastor Tim Burt
I was recently reading about the story of Noah. It's one of those stories that most everyone has been exposed to—even if they aren't Bible readers. It's a story that by God's design, is supposed to create a sense of soberness and caution in our hearts. It's also supposed to create a sense of urgency in our calling to help others know the Lord! Every time I read this to my children, and now to my grandchildren, that warning and urgency refills my heart!
In the story, God had told Noah that a great flood was coming that would destroy mankind—with the exception of Noah and his family. What was mankind like at that time that was so bad that God would bring this kind of judgment? It’s important to know because Jesus said that when He would return for us, that the spirit and attitude of men would be like that again—as it was in Noah's day.
In Matthew 24:37-39 (NLT) Jesus said, "When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah's day. In those days before the Flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn't realize what was going to happen until the Flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.”
God was patient and warned the people of the day. While Noah was building the ark, He was also “a preacher of righteousness.” (2 Peter 2:5) He preached God’s warning for 120 years before the flood came showing God’s patience for mankind's repentance and change. Noah had many relatives just because of the sheer fact that man was living up to and over the age of 700 years at that time. They all heard his story yet none of them were saved in the ark—only Noah and his family.
Genesis 6:8-9 (NLT) tells us, Noah “...found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” “Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless man living on earth at the time. He consistently followed God's will and enjoyed a close relationship with Him.”
If you are living for the Lord today because of your love for Him, the world’s ways of life will try to make you look odd, out of touch with the times, delusional or even fanatical because of your faith and diligent effort to live wholeheartedly for God. The world, including some relatives, will see you as someone that interferes with their fun and ungodly choices. They will hate that just your presence makes them feel guilty. They will hate or despise you or anyone who calls their lifestyle sinful or evil. What you have probably noticed is that the days of Noah are already upon us.
You may feel like Noah in some ways but, I encourage you, keep close to God and don’t get sucked into their moral depravity. Don’t let this world wear you down so that you develop a What’s the use attitude. Don't be drawn away from God and into their lifestyle! Be the lover of God and the preacher of righteousness in your sphere of influence. It doesn't mean you’ll look like a fanatic condemning everyone. It means you will be a living example of what it means to live passionately for God. It means that as opportunities arise, you will share the love of Jesus with those God brings to you. It means you'll keep yourself in a good Bible-teaching church and atmospheres where you are with like-minded believers that stand and pray with you! And because you do and because of your revelation of what Jesus did at the cross for you, you'll be guided by God's Holy Spirit. Like Noah, you will have found “grace in God's eyes.”
Luke 21:28 (NKJV) "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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