- Gen. 6:1-9:29
Noah lived during a very difficult time. The text says:
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
Think about what this statement means.
- No one else loved GOD.
- No one else did what was right.
- No one else encouraged Noah’s family.
- Surely many people thought Noah was foolish for obeying and loving GOD.
Noah could have said, “Well everyone else is doing evil, so why should I do good?” Or perhaps, “But GOD, the whole world is doing this so why can’t I?!?” Yet Noah didn’t have this attitude. Genesis 6:9 says that Noah “walked with God”. Noah didn’t use everyone else’s actions influence him to do what he knew was wrong.
The sad truth is that most people choose not to love and serve GOD. And you may well find yourself in situations where the other people around choose to do evil. When that day comes what will you do? Will you follow along and do evil or will you seek after GOD and His will?
Choosing to follow GOD is not always easy. It isn’t always what we want to do. But GOD knows best and living like He would have us to will always work out for the best.
And the LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day. Then it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to observe all these commandments before the LORD our God, as He has commanded us."
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
(1 John 5:3)