But Noah found grace (favor) in the eyes of the Lord… Noah was a just and righteous man, blameless in his [evil] generation; Noah walked [in habitual fellowship] with God (Genesis 6:8-9 AMP).
In a world full of evil and wickedness, can you imagine that only one man chose to be different?… The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination and intention of all human thinking was only evil continually (Genesis 6:5 AMP). This was in Noah’s time but does it remind you of the world we live in today? The Message translation says – God saw that human evil was out of control. People thought evil, imagined evil—evil, evil, evil from morning to night.
However, amongst all the evil, one man decided to stand out. It must have been hard. He must have been very lonely because I can’t imagine that anyone was on his side… But Noah found grace (favor) in the eyes of the Lord. The Message translation says – BUT NOAH WAS DIFFERENT. GOD LIKED WHAT HE SAW IN NOAH. THIS IS THE STORY OF NOAH: NOAH WAS A GOOD MAN, A MAN OF INTEGRITY IN HIS COMMUNITY.
Can you imagine that Noah was the only one that brought a smile to the Lord’s face… and in return God said… I will establish My covenant (promise, pledge) with you, and you shall come into the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you (Genesis 6:18 AMP).
You could be that one man that will stand out in your street, in your office, school, in the shop queue, on the bus, on the motor way, wherever. Like someone said… “Integrity is when you stand alone with God… if everybody in the world were to be like you, how would the world be?”
Wouldn’t you say that’s something to think about?
God is always looking for that one man to pour out His favor on and like with Noah, His criteria is clear. We also see this with Abraham… When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, I am the Almighty God; WALK AND LIVE HABITUALLY BEFORE ME AND BE PERFECT (BLAMELESS, WHOLEHEARTED, COMPLETE). AND I WILL MAKE MY COVENANT (SOLEMN PLEDGE) BETWEEN ME AND YOU AND WILL MULTIPLY YOU EXCEEDINGLY (Genesis 17:1-2 AMP).
Dare to stand out? Noah’s ark represents Christ… You can’t say you have entered the ark and still behave like you are. Do something that makes you STAND OUT and watch God do something OUTSTANDING in your life. It doesn’t have to be drastic. You can take baby steps… one decision after the other… and it cannot be done in your own strength… His grace is available so ask for it.