“This is the account of Noah. ‘Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time and he walked with God.’” (Genesis 6:9)
Practically every activity of any kind of the time required walking, and the term came to refer to the entire course of life itself. Enoch’s life was spent in the company of God. The key to the description of Noah is that he obligated himself to the commands of God.
As God’s creatures, we live under heavenly expectations of conduct. God places imperatives upon us which it is our duty to perform. As Christian, we will walk through life with God and other people. We must be righteous, living so that the consequences of our actions bear just results. Our ethical decisions thus include theological, societal, relational, and consequential aspect. A one-sided basis for ethics is not sufficient to meet biblical standards.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, Noah was an example to all of us, because he was obedient to Your commands regularly. When one things of Noah, they think of one who was given no small task to accomplish, and he did so in spite of his community making fun of him without reservation. Yet, Noah was of strong faith, and his faith was no less. The Ark was built in the right way, and the right time, and the animals were loaded into it in the right manner. He listened to God’s direction and accomplished his task as directed. He was not perfect, but then neither are any of us. Yet, because of his example of obedience to God’s commands, he stands as an example for us all. Abba, help us to also find within us, the ability to walk with You every day as Noah did, and accomplish much, like Noah did, and let this me in honor of our relationship with You. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Jesus never taught how to preach, only how to pray.”
“’Whenever the ark set out, Moses said, Rise up, O Lord! May our enemies be scattered; may your foes flee before you.’ Whenever it came to rest, he said, ‘Return, O Lord, to the countless thousands of Israel.’”: (Numbers10:35-36)
The Israelites were ready to leave Sinai under God’s leadership. This prayer presents Moses’ understanding of God. With the presence of God radiating outward from the camp,, His enemies would flee with the manifestation of His presence among His people, they would enjoy Him. Prayer expresses our desire for God’s leadership, protection, and fellowship.
“Prayer, Fellowship with God”: (Psalm16:1–11)
This prayer expresses a perfect relationship to the Lord. This includes total dependence on God for all that is good and true delight in the Lord’s saints. Joy in the Lord contrasts with the sorrow of those who choose others gods. Exclusive loyalty to the Lord brings contentment with whatever lot God gives us in our lives. Prayer is a time to express confidence in God.
Second Thought of the Day:
“God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—-how he appealed to God against Israel:” (Romans 11:2)
The prophet, having just won a battle with Jezebel’s gods, feared for his safety. God sought him out, apparently while he slept. God did not reveal Himself in expected supernatural events, appearing instead in the quiet reflection of a silent whisper. Like Elijah, many expect God’s manifestation in spectacular occurrences, while God seeks the private road of faith and openness of heart.
God’s whisper was heard again in the stable of a small village inn centuries later when Jesus was born. Coming out of the cave Elijah heard God’s voice giving Him directions for personal action. God’s revealing word may come in a dream or in speech to our inner ear. The word may be one to communicate to God’s people or to direct one’s personal life.