Following the Example of Noah

November 8, 2011


My son, Noah, does not always listen to what I tell him to do. This little man turns 14 month old this weekend and he has a mind of his own.

He walks toward something that he knows he shouldn’t touch and turn around to see if my wife or I are watching. We will say something along the line of, “Noah, do not touch that.” Then he makes the decision on whether or not to follow through with his original plan.

Sometimes we say “Noah, if you touch that you will go to timeout.” The word timeout usually helps to change his mind. He does not like sitting in a corner for a minute (although he does it just with a lot of crying). Yet sometimes even after that warning he goes up and just barely touches it to see if he can get away with it. This is of course followed by putting him in timeout and the crying I mentioned before.

 

The times were evil. Last night I read in the Bible about another Noah. This Noah lived in a completely evil time. The Bible tells us, “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” These people were not just doing something wrong every now and then, they were continually evil. There were sexual impurities, murders, thefts, any evil you can think of I am sure it was done because every person one the earth was acting this way all of the time. There was some extreme disobeying, not just Noah’s (my Noah) small rebellion.

Noah remained pure. Every person was evil, except Noah and his family. Noah “found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” He was not living like everyone else. He and his family continued to live the way that God had wanted them to live. Even though literally everyone else around them lived in evil, they remained pure. They did not find the actions of their neighbors as an excuse to live like them. “But God you don’t understand it is so difficult to live how you want us to so we are just going to allow ourselves a little bit of sin. We just need a little bit, I’m sure You will understand.” NO! They remained pure and followed God even when everyone else was not.

God gave Noah some instructions. Up to this point God has not given the world all of the laws that are found in the later books of the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible). So God’s revelation has been through nature and possibly some special instructions he gave to Adam and Eve as they left the garden. Now though, He speaks to Moses and gives him some further instructions to obey. God has given us even more revelation. The New Testament completes the Scriptures. They show us how to live and interact with each other. We must be in them daily so we know God’s plans for us.

Noah obeys everything. The last verse of chapter 6 is the one that really caught my attention. “Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.” The verse even repeats it twice. Noah did it, oh and did I mentioned that Noah did everything God had commanded. He did not come up with an excuse about how hard that would be in the world he lived. He did not turn God down, or just do half of what God commanded. He did it, and he did it all.

I realize that following God’s commands in this world is not always very easy. We are surrounded by those who hate all things Christian. They want our God out of schools and out of other public places. They despise our teachings because we say some action is sin. “How can you judge us? It is right for me, you cannot tell me any differently,” is a response I hear all too often.

Even in a world that despises our God and His teachings, we must stand firm. Brothers and Sisters, we cannot allow the world to dictate how we live! We cannot allow the sin of the world to creep into our lives and allow ourselves our “pet sin.” We must get rid of it all. I want it said of me at the end of my life, “Thus Brandon did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.”

 

How are you standing up for your faith, even when others do not like it or make fun of you for it?

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