Have you ever stopped to think about the words you'd use to describe the world we live in today? Beautiful, diverse, connected, innovative, and creative, or perhaps corrupt, chaotic, divisive, intolerant, and violent? The reality is that our world encompasses both the positive and negative aspects. In this blog post, we'll draw inspiration from the story of Noah to explore what it means to walk with God and how we can be witnesses of hope in a challenging world.
Noah: A Righteous and Blameless Man
Noah, a key figure in the Genesis narrative, offers valuable lessons about walking with God. He's described as a righteous and blameless man who found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Righteousness, in Noah's case, didn't stem from his good works but from his faith and close fellowship with God. It's a reminder that our behavior should flow from our righteousness in God, rather than the other way around.
His walk with God involved taking one step at a time, much like our own faith journeys. Faith, often characterized as a walk, begins with a single step—accepting Jesus into our lives. After that, it's a daily journey, with each step representing faith to face new challenges and grow in our relationship with God. As we walk with Him, He guides, directs, and upholds us.
Noah's faith wasn't passive; he believed and obeyed God's word. He received a divine message that foretold a global flood, something unprecedented. Yet, Noah trusted God's word and acted accordingly. His unwavering belief in God's promises moved him to build the ark, a tangible expression of his faith. But his faith wasn't confined to his actions; he also served as a witness to the world. For over a century, Noah preached righteousness and warned of the impending judgment. Despite the ridicule and lack of converts, he continued to speak the truth. Like Noah, we're called to be witnesses in our challenging world. We, too, are called to share this message of salvation with everyone, for God desires all to be saved.
The Bible warns of a future judgment, and it's vital to heed this warning. Whether you're already following Jesus or have yet to accept Him, remember that there's time. Noah's story reminds us that God is patient, allowing time for repentance and salvation.
So, what can we do today? Walk with God, just as Noah did. Believe and obey His word, and become a witness in your daily life. Our world desperately needs hope, and you can be the instrument that delivers it. Don't be discouraged by potential ridicule; instead, strive to live out the Gospel and offer hope to a world that needs Jesus.
As we journey together, remember that walking with God is not a solitary endeavor. It's a step-by-step, lifelong adventure, one that leads to a brighter future—an eternity with God in a new heaven and a new earth filled with His righteousness!