What does the word obedience mean to you? For those of you who are parents or teachers, what does obedience mean to your children or students? When you obey, do you obey because you fear the consequences of disobedience or do you obey because you respect the person giving the instruction? Yesterday, I wrote about the first part of Genesis 6 looking at how the world was so full of evil that God decided that He was going to destroy all living things on the earth. But then Noah found favor with God. Today, I want to look at why Noah found favor with God. Please read Genesis 6:9-22.
Verse 9 tells us, "Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God." The first part of Genesis 6 tells us that every other person on the earth had thoughts and desires that were constantly evil. Noah was the only one who was blameless and walked closely with God. How difficult do you think it was to live a life that was blameless when everyone around you was fulfilling their evil desires? How much pressure do you think Noah faced when he was constantly making decisions that would honor God rather than the desires of the world? How did he do that?
I think it was because of his close relationship he had with God. When you are walking closely with God, you are focused more on God's desires and the matters close to His heart than the desires of the world. I know that the more time I have spent in the Bible and prayer, the more I crave time in the Bible and prayer. I can also testify that the more time I spend praying and studying the Bible, the more I understand what is important to God. I understand more of how He wants me to live. I believe the more we strive to grow close to God, the more we will be able to obey God because we want to please Him.
There was one more thing that I noticed while reading through these verses: "So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him." We see why God viewed Noah as righteous; he did everything God told him to do. James 2 talks about the importance of living out our faith through obedience. James wrote that faith in God isn't enough if we are not obeying God because we show our faith by the way we live. James 2:24 says, "So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone." When we believe that God is who He says He is, it will change the way we live no matter what the world around is telling us.
How is your faith being lived out?
This post is linked with iFellowship Blog Hop, Winsome Wednesday, and Word Filled Wednesday.