Passage: Genesis 6:1-22.
1. The wickedness of man increased on earth and God grieved over the condition of His creation.
2. In the midst of all the wicked, there was one man who was found faithful and found favor in the eyes of God. His name was Noah.
3. God warned Noah of the coming destruction and he was told to prepare an ark for himself and his family. Noah did all God commanded.
Many think of Noah as a “little man” who built a cute ark and collected warm and fuzzy animals, as illustrated on many nursery walls. The opposite is true, Noah was a spiritual giant in the midst of great darkness and wickedness. When all were living contrary to God’s design, Noah found favor with God because he alone, stood out among the corruption and sinfulness of his time. Noah lived a righteous life in spite of the culture he found himself. He swam against the stream of corruptness and evil. He stood for what was right and holy.
Noah was chosen among all others because of his righteousness. God informed him of the coming judgment and how he and his family could prepare. The ark would not only be a place of refuge and a new beginning for Noah, but also the future of God’s creation. It would be a second chance for a new beginning. As we reflect on the flood we realize it was an act of grace and mercy. The world was full of corruption, murder, and anarchy was the rule of the day. God in his mercy brings judgement to stop the human disaster taking place. Noah had a choice in response to God’s warning. He chose to “do all God commanded” as he prepared for the coming flood.
In Luke 17:26 we read; “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man”. God has warned us of His coming judgement. This time it will be the coming of Christ to rule and reign forever over God’s creation. As in the day of Noah, we see corruption and ungodliness increasing. There is coming a time when God will say “enough is enough” and God’s wrath will be poured out again. We have been warned and our ark is the salvation we find in Jesus Christ. It is an ark, not just for us, but for all who will call upon the name of the Lord. Will we prepare for the coming of Christ? Let us proclaim to others the reality of Christ return and the salvation He offers through His grace. We are told to live everyday with anticipation that Christ return will be soon.
There are many examples in our Christian history of individuals who took seriously the call to live with an eternal perspective. This eternal perspective radically changes how we live and what is important to us. No longer do we strive for possessions or position, but we strive for eternal benefits and purposes as we prepare daily for His coming. One individual, who demonstrated an eternal perspective and living was CT Studd. He was a famous, English athlete, but instead of seeking fame and success in this world he surrender his all to living with an eternal perspective. He sold his possessions and gave much of it to George Mueller’s orphanage work. He spent his life time in mission work in China and India. While drawing near to retirement he chose to continue his work in Africa. His church tried to discourage him and encouraged him to leave it for the younger missionaries. In response C.T. Studd wrote these words.
“Too long we have been waiting on one another to begin. The time for waiting has passed. The hour of God has struck. War is declared. In God’s holy name let us arise and build. The God of heaven will fight for us. We will not build on the sand, but on the bedrock of Christ, and the gates and minions of Hell shall not prevail against us. Should men such as us fear?
Before the whole world, before the sleepy, lukewarm, faithless namby-pamby Christian world, we will dare to trust our God. We will venture our all for Him. We will live and we will die for Him, and we will do it with His joy unspeakable singing aloud in our hearts. We will a thousand times sooner die trusting only in our God than live trusting in man, and when we come to our position we realize the battle is already won and the end of the glorious campaign is in sight because we will have the real holiness of God. Not the sickly stuff of talk and dainty words and pretty thoughts, we will have a masculine holiness. One of daring faith and works for Jesus Christ.”
As missionary C. T. Studd put it,
“Some want to live within the sound of church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.”
Lord, may we faithfully prepare ourselves and others for eternity. For too long we have pursued what is temporary and fleating. We commit to live for eternity and pursue the vocation and preparation you have called us to complete.
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