5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. 9 This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
How interesting that Noah was the only human on the earth that God was pleased with. I can understand how God could look at the world then (and now) and be so grieved by the capacity humans have for cruelty, manipulation & selfishness. Yet what was it about Noah that made him stand out? There’s no way he was sinless – his humanity would have discounted him from perfection for sure. However verses 8-9 tell us that Noah indeed found favour and that he walked faithfully with God.
The idea of favour from God is based on His unmerited grace, which Noah received because he was faithful to God in the day to day. I’m sure it wasn’t easy for Noah to stay on a godly path when everyone else around him was not living righteously, yet he chose to live a life that was pleasing to God.
How important faithfulness is to God; it was the redeeming factor that saved Noah, and in the same way it is what God is searching for in you and I as He looks upon us. He knows we will never achieve perfection aside from through salvation in Christ. Yet He seeks for us to live in a way that honours Him in the choices we make.
God, help me to have the same faithfulness to you that Noah had. Help me to cling to who you are and to how you want me to live, despite what the world around me may look like. Thank you for your continual unmerited grace. Amen.
Written by Ps Madelaine Tarasenko