Thursday, July 28, 2011

Who Do You Follow?

2 Peter 2:4-5

Noah was a man in an unusual position.  We are told in Genesis that he was a righteous man - the only blameless man on the earth.  When God saw how wicked the rest of the world had become, He was both angry and hurt.  He couldn't tolerate the violence that His creation was doing, but He saw that He had one man who spent time with Him and walked in the way that God wanted him to walk.  Because of this, God told Noah that He was going to destroy the creation with a flood but He would spare Noah and his family.  God gave Noah specific instructions to build an ark and to fill the ark with two of every animal.  Noah did everything God asked him to do.  The full account of Noah starts in Genesis 6:9 - Genesis 8.  Peter mentions the destruction that humans brought to themselves in the ancient days of Noah.  Please turn to 2 Peter 2:4-5.

Peter reminds us how Noah and his family were the only people spared in his day.  When looking up and reading the story of Noah, we see that Noah was spared because he spent time with God and was found to be blameless.  Noah honored God in his actions and attitude despite what was happening in the world around him.  We have all been in a place where we felt like we were the only ones doing the right thing and wondered if it really mattered.  In those situations, it is far too easy to ask yourself, "If no one else is doing what is right, who really cares if I do what is right?"  The problem with that thinking is that we forget who made us and who loves us so deeply that He sacrificed greatly to buy us back.  What we do matters to God.

Now that I have a child going into high school, I am remembering the sometimes overwhelming peer pressure that I faced in high school.  I remember so desperately wanting to fit in, yet I also knew that because I needed to make the right choices it would immediately cause me to stand out.  I think of the tremendous pressure that Noah must have felt while He was being obedient to God and building the ark.  He must have stood out quite a bit building a large boat in the middle of the desert because there was going to be a flood.  Noah knew that he could trust God and chose to obey Him.  We can trust God as well because He will help us deal with the pressures we face when we are going against the grain.  We are told in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that we do not face temptations that no one else has ever faced and that God would always provide a way out of our temptations.

No matter where we are, it doesn't matter what other people are doing - it matters what we are doing as individuals.  God is watching us and reading our hearts and is desiring a relationship with us.  Don't follow the crowd; follow God.  Following God may mean traveling a different road than what our friends and family are traveling, but it will mean eternal life.

Are you following the crowd or God?

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