Finding Ourselves in God’s Grace

June 29, 2022

Hebrews 11.7

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family.  By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

We often hear that this is what the majority wants.  We live in a world that lives by a majority rules mentality.  What happens when most people want the wrong thing?  Most people in Noah’s day wanted to do their own things.  The state of things in Genesis 6 is not good.  It was as bad as it could get.  Here is how we hear it in Genesis 6:

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. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled.

Just because most people want something doesn’t mean it is good.  Sometimes we have to live with the choices of others when we disagree.  Sometimes we deal with the majority of people choosing a path for us that is not helpful.  But we hope that it never gets to that tragic state again of only evil all the time.

Thankfully we are not left with bad news.  Not in the world and certainly not in the Words of God.  Noah brings a new way that is built on faith that brings righteousness.  Not built on his works or our works.  Faith that God is in charge and faith that God will keep us in his grace.  We can continue in the story of Noah through Genesis 7 & 8 and see the goodness of God in keeping Noah and his family and preserving life on the earth.

We live in the grace that we see already placed in Genesis 6, before the floods even come.  But Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord.  This is the place where we live.  Not in the life of only evil all the time.  We are in the place of God’s favour.  The place of God’s grace.  Our God keeps us always in his grace, and he leads us in the paths of his righteousness.  Shown in love for God and others.  Shown in caring for all that he created and gave to us.

SongWho Am I

Blessing

 “‘“The Lord bless you
    and keep you;
 the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
 the Lord turn his face toward you
    and give you peace.”’

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