READ: Genesis 6:5-8 When the LORD saw how wicked everyone on earth was and how evil their thoughts were all the time, he was sorry that he had ever made them and put them on the earth. He was so filled with regret that he said, "I will wipe out these people I have created, and also the animals and the birds, because I am sorry that I made any of them." But the LORD was pleased with Noah.
Our scripture for today says, "BUT THE LORD WAS PLEASED WITH NOAH". Have you ever wondered exactly what set Noah apart from the rest of the world? The Bible tells us that Noah was:
* A good man - the only good man of his time and he had no faults. - Now we know that Noah was not sinless. We are told in Romans that ALL men have fallen short of the Glory of God and all have sinned. This ALL certainly includes Noah. Faultless and sinless are two different things. Faultless in the greek (amempetos) means that he was morally pure, blameless, without fault.
We have a hint in scripture which gives away just why God looked upon him as morally pure, blameless, and without fault... ready for the reason? - Verse 10 says: Noah lived in FELLOWSHIP with God.
FELLOWSHIP with the Lord - this means that Noah talked to God, walked with God, and made God a part of his everyday normal life.
This brings us to a very important question and one that only you can ask/answer yourself: Do you have FELLOWSHIP with the Lord? Going to church is important, but one or two days a week to talk with God and read his word just isn't enough. You can't get enough of God and His Word that way! I've even been in churches where the Bible is not even opened on a Sunday morning. This is unacceptable! We certainly don't operate by works, but we can't be in close fellowship and relationship with the Lord if we aren't talking to him, walking with him, aware of his presence around us, and reading His Word.
"The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are FULLY COMMITTED TO HIM." 2 Chronicles 16:9. Is your heart fully committed to Jesus? Are you walking each day in more fellowship and closer communion with Him than you were yesterday?