Biblical Story Of Noah And Its Lessons
Genesis 6:8 “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”
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Noah is one of the most important people in the Bible and one of our Heroes of faith. He was regarded as the only righteous man on earth who was blameless even when the whole world had been taken over by evil, violence and corruption. Despite all the happenings on Earth at that same time, he was found to be the only follower of God left on Earth. Noah’s life was an exemplified obedience to the God almighty. His act of obedience is still the reason by the human race and all creatures were preserved till date.
It was difficult to imagine such unwavering faithfulness in him despite the ridicules he faced and the total godlessness operating during that era. With his obedience and faithfulness, God uses him and his family to restart humanity. Everything God commanded him to do, he accepted diligently and never deviated from it. After the flood, he became the second father of the human race. From the bible, he was the engineer, architect and shipbuilder, he put together a spectacular and amazing structure which has never before been built. Noah’s faith in God, also helped his family because through him, the family was preserved from the flood too. Noah’s life can be seen as a model of patience, persistence and unwavering faithfulness to God in a face of a faithless society.
Noah’s greatest accomplishment was faithful commitment to obeying and walking with God all the days of his life. Despite obeying and fully commitment to God, he wasn’t totally perfect or sinless because it was recorded in Genesis Chapter 9, that he became drunk, passed out and made himself an embarrassment to his sons. Just as God blessed and saved Noah, he still faithfully blesses and protects those who follow and obey him today. The call to obedience is not a one-time thing but a long-term calling as Christians. Obedience to God helps to live a faithful and committed life as Christians and also enables us to finish the race set before us with a crown of glory.
The Biblical lessons about Noah are life changing lessons in which when applied, they can change our values and help to serve God better than before. Listed below are some of the lessons obtained from the Biblical story of Noah.
- God hates Sin: Genesis 6:5-6 “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth and it grieved him at his heart.”
God loves us but hates sin. We can grieve God’s heart if we continue to sin. In Noah’s days, the people were so sinful that God wasn’t happy and regretted making humanity. He can’t ignore it because he is a holy and righteous God. He made man so that his will in heaven can be done on earth but after the fall of man at the garden of Eden, plans changed. We have to learn to live a life that is void of sin and blameless before God so that he can speak to us expressly as he did to Noah. Our relationship with God can only be hindered by sin so we must guide against it at all cost. A good relationship with God helps us as Christians to live a purposeful life because he will reveal and guide us in our daily existence.
- Preaching the Gospel with perseverance: 2 Peter 2:5 “And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.”
Preaching the world in today’s world can be so discouraging because nowadays the world is quick to dismiss anything about religion. Just as it was hard for Noah to tell people about God, this time we are in fact much harder preaching the gospel of the second coming of Jesus Christ. Sometimes, our effort to reach out to lost souls might not yield the desired results but we should draw encouragement and inspiration from the life story of Noah. Noah has all the reasons to quit preaching to the people because he preached to the people for the numbers of days used in building the ark but no one believed his message except his family. No matter what, preaching the gospel should be our top priority even if the audience is low, we should have that burning desire to save as many as possible. Only one believer would make all the difference.
- God’s love and His ways for New Beginning: Luke 15:10 “In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
God is all-loving and in His infinite wisdom. He knew the suffering and misery it would be if people continued to live their lives in the days of Noah without any form of godliness. The world will be full of wicked, sinful and rebellious people and this will bring total sorrow and hardship on earth. Nevertheless, God sent the flood to cleanse the whole face of the earth from corruption. This shows that God must judge sin but he is also merciful, loving and full of grace. He will never leave us without a way to come back to him. He yearns for a relationship with us and is willing to go above and beyond to provide a way for our redemption. Despite the deep sin and worldwide flood, God provided a way for Noah and his family salvation by shutting them in the ark. He is a God of new beginning and there is joy in heaven when one embraces Salvation.
- Fully obey God: Genesis 7:5 “And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.”
Noah obeyed all that God commanded him which is a very important measure we must attain as Christians to heed to all God’s commandments. We must consistently be obedient to God and not just when it is convenient for us. We need to give our totality to God and not practice a religion of convenience. We can not earn salvation without keeping God’s commandments. Sometimes, obeying God is believing and doing things that the world won’t understand but we know that God honors our obedience to him. No matter the opposition we might face as Christians in our walk with God, we should hold fast to him and he will reward us in due time. Loving God is manifested through our devotion in keeping His commandments.
- God’s perfect timing and Find grace:
Genesis 6:8 “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thought than your thoughts.”
Noah obtained favour and this led to the safety of his whole family. Grace is an unmerited favour from God and he bestowed upon us not because of our own ding but because of his great love to us. As Christians, we should never abuse the grace of God and it is not a license to sin any time we feel like it. Noah found grace in the eyes of God because of his consistent desire to follow the commandments of God. God’s grace has been given to us as Christians to repent and turn from our wicked ways.
Patience is a virtue we must have as Christians, even though it is the most difficult fruit of the spirit in this advanced world we are. People are in a rush and have forgotten the art of waiting. Noah never questioned God’s timing even though it took one hundred years of waiting before the flood came. For Noah, it would take a lot of faith and trust in God to build an ark at the top of a mountain, but he never relent. Therefore, when it seems that your prayers are not answered by God, just know that his timing is never late. So have faith in God’s perfect timing and surrender your life to Him.
The example of Noah must teach us valuable lessons and guide us on how to live this life. He was a righteous man and walked with God despite all opposition and corruption in the world. Noah did not find grace in the eyes of men because he was not a man-pleaser but he moved with his maker and found grace in God. He was not influenced by the happenings on the earth but he chose to be influenced by the commandments of God. Living in a similar world, we should adhere to the lifestyle adopted by Noah and eternal life with a crown of righteousness will be our rewards. Amen.