The Flood • Devotion #2: Noah “Only” Righteous
Pat MacDermaid | Clothing Closet
“These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.” Genesis 6:9-10
God called Noah righteous, but that did not mean he was perfect and did not have sin in his life. Noah was righteous because he had a close relationship with God. He loved and trusted God, so when he was told by God to build an ark, he built an ark. The ark was not some little fishing boat. The ark he was told to build was, by today’s standards, the size of an average World War II battleship and had three floors. It had plenty of room for all the creatures and people who would live in it during the flood.
Noah was obedient to God’s will, so I think it is safe to say, he never grumbled, griped, or complained when God told him what He wanted him to do. He had three sons (Shem, Ham, and Japheth) who helped him build the ark. They must have been laughed at, teased, and called names, but they kept right on being obedient. Noah loved God and did what God told him to do. They walked in peace and harmony like a father and his son walking step and step, side by side. The son wanted to hear every word his father had to share with him. The father just wanted to spend time with his boy, to love him and be loved by him.
I lost my dad when I was 15 years old. I still miss him. I still remember Friday nights when I was a little girl of four or five years old. That was back when TV’s were a new thing (yes, I am that old). I would climb onto my dad’s lap and put my head on his chest right over his heart. He watched the Friday Night Fights. He loved to watch boxing, and I loved to listen to his heartbeat. I felt loved and safe.
I have come a long way since then. I know I have a Heavenly Father who loves me. He will never leave me. He always has time for me. He will forgive me for anything when I am truly sorry. He forgives and never holds it against me. He is good, kind, loving, and so much more. When I am in His will, I have peace.
I want and need a Noah kind of relationship with God. We all need it. I think we would all love to hear that God has called us righteous, blameless, and that we have found favor in His eyes. Take time to ask God what He would have you do for Him. Spend time alone with Him; you will be blessed. If you do not, you will miss so much.