SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 2011 "Noah found favor with the Lord." Ge 6:8 NLT If you want to enjoy God's blessing, observe two things about the life of Noah: (1) He honored God. "By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn't see, and acted on what he was told...As a result, Noah became intimate with God" (Heb 11:7 TM). Noah had never seen rain, nor had anyone else. He lived a hundred miles from the nearest ocean. Even if he could learn to build a ship, how would he get it to water? And how about rounding up all those animals? For a hundred and twenty years he was a laughingstock. But because he honored God, he came out on top. (2) He obeyed God. "Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him" (Ge 6:22 NLT). Understanding can wait; obedience can't. Instant obedience will teach you more about God than a lifetime of Bible discussions. In fact, there are many of God's commandments you won't understand until you first obey them. When Noah emerged from the ark after the flood God said to him, "Be fruitful and increase...I now give you everything" (Ge 9:1-3 NIV). With God, your reward will always be greater than your obedience. Sometimes we try partial obedience: "I'll attend church but I won't tithe. I'll read my Bible but I won't forgive the person who hurt me." Partial obedience is disobedience! The Bible says, "A person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone" (Jas 2:24 NIV). Why is obedience so important? Because Jesus said, "If you love me, [you will] obey my commandments" (Jn 14:15 NLT).
Published on Sunday, January 30, 2011 @ 6:09 AM CDT