True Faith

Genesis 6:5-8
English Standard Version (ESV)

5 The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

In this time, it is recorded that God saw wickedness widespread on Earth. Not just a group of people, but all over the world. Nothing but evil thoughts came through the thoughts of mankind. The wickedness was so great that God regretted creating man. It says that it grieved God to His heart.

The Lord was getting ready to destroy every living thing on earth. He wanted none to remain alive, since everything was wicked. Noah, however, found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

Going into Genesis 6:9, we see it is recorded that Noah was a righteous man. Righteousness cannot come by any good works of the flesh, or following certain laws. We are told in Romans 4:3 that “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” It is the same with us, and the same with Noah (Romans 4:23-25). Faith in the Everlasting God and Jesus Christ is the one and only way to be considered righteous (Romans 4:9).

Look at Noah’s faith, and how he believed in God. Noah lived in a desert. He had never seen a downpour of rain, for it rained very little. God, however, tells Noah to build a gigantic boat (more specifically, the ark) in the middle of the desert (which hardly ever receives rain). God asks Noah, who is already 500 years old (Genesis 5:32), to build a boat that is 450 feet long and 75 feet wide.

Imagine a football field which is 100 yards long (300 feet) not counting the endzones. This boat will be a football field in length, plus another half of one added to the end of that. In total, this boat God asked Noah to build was one and a half football fields long.

Since Noah was 500 years old when he started, and the flood started when he was 600 (Genesis 7:11), this means Noah kept building the ark for around 100 years. God gave Noah a command, and Noah followed it. Even though everyone considered him insane for building a large boat in the desert, and saying a flood was coming (again in the dry desert) year after year for nearly 100 years, Noah kept his faith in God. Because Noah kept his faith in God, God saved him and his family.

This shows us two things. Most importantly, we have to have faith in God and trust what He says. If He says it will happen, then it will happen. It may not be immediate, but it is certain to come. The second thing is that we cannot care what people of the world say about us. Jesus says that if they will harm Him, the Son of God, them they will surely harm those who follow Him. Do not be discouraged if people speak or act against you. Stand strong in your faith, and trust God just as Noah did.

I encourage praying something similar to this:

Lord, give me the faith I need to be able to trust You. Give me the strength I need to be able to act on my faith, and the wisdom to know how to act. Please mold me into what You want me to be. I know you did not light a lamp for it to be hidden, but to shine bright, so all may see and find thar narrow path that leads to salvation. Have Your Will done in me.

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