Friday 25 September, 2015

Genesis 6:5-10

5 The Lord saw how bad the sins of everyone on earth had become. They only thought about evil things. 6 The Lord was very sad that he had made human beings on the earth. His heart was filled with pain. 7 So the Lord said, “I created human beings, but I will wipe them out. I will also destroy the animals, the birds in the sky, and the creatures that move along the ground. I am very sad that I have made human beings.” 8 But the Lord was very pleased with Noah. 9 Here is the story of Noah’s family line. Noah was a godly man. He was without blame among the people of his time. He walked faithfully with God. 10 Noah had three sons. Their names were Shem, Ham and Japheth.

What I think about matters to God. He sees my thoughts and knows the truth of what’s going on in my head. David knew this (Ps139:2), so did Paul (Phil 4:8). Jesus did too (Luke 10:27)

I think it’s so amazing that the distinguishing characteristic of humanity in Noah’s day was…   “that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil” v5

What a terrible indictment. And God saw it! And it broke His heart v6.

I have to get this right. There is so much at stake if I don’t and so much to gain if I do. This is what Noah had learnt and as a result he “walked in close fellowship with God”.

Lord, please help me get this right. To relentlessly and ruthlessly capture and expel evil thoughts for the weeds that they are and cultivate, nurture and grow thoughts that please you. Oh that I might taste and see and experience the awe and wonder and joy and holy terror of “close fellowship” with You.     Amen

Written by Boudy van Noppen

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  1. Andrew Mellor says:

    Amen to pulling up the weeds. I think temptations are sure to bounce into our minds, but just as Jesus was tempted in every way, but without sin, so we can let the Holy Spirit play bouncer and get those thoughts outta there!!

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