And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. (Genesis 6:6-8)
Here we find vindication of God’s justice in his displeasure against the world, after he had strictly examined the character of every person in it before he pronounced it universally corrupt; for, there being one good man, he found him out, and smiled upon him. It also magnifies his grace towards Noah that he was made a vessel of God’s mercy when all mankind besides had become the generation of his wrath: distinguishing favors brought under peculiarly strong obligations. Most likely Noah did not find favor in the eyes of men; they surely hated and persecuted him, because both by his life and preaching he condemned the world. But he found grace in the eyes of the Lord, and this was enough. God made more account of Noah, one single, simple man, than of all the world besides, and this made him greater and more truly honorable than all the giants that were in those days, who became mighty men and men of renown, kinda like our celebrities today. Let this be the summit of our ambition, to find grace in the eyes of the Lord; not man. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. (2 Corinthians 5:9)
Let that be our joy, that we too should find favor in His eyes.
When the rest of the world was corrupt and wicked, Noah kept his integrity: These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. (Genesis 6:9)
God found favor with Noah, why? What made Noah stand out as a just man, perfect in his generation? One thing was his singular piety qualified him for singular tokens of God’s loving-kindness. Those that would find grace in the eyes of the Lord must be as Noah was and do as he did; God loves those that love him: Therefore it was God’s good-will to him that produced this good work in him. He was a just man, justified before God by faith in the promised seed; for he was an heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
He was sanctified, and had right principles and dispositions implanted in him; and he was righteous in his conversation, one that made conscience of rendering to all their due, to God his due and to men theirs. None but a downright honest man can find favor with God. The conversation which will be pleasing to God must be governed by simplicity and godly sincerity, not by fleshly wisdom.
For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
(2 Corinthians 1:12)
He was perfect, not with a sinless perfection, but a perfection of sincerity; and it is well for us that by virtue of the covenant of grace, upon the score of Christ’s righteousness, sincerity is accepted as our gospel perfection. He walked with God, as Enoch had done before him. He was not only honest, but devout; he walked, that is, he acted with God, as one always under his eye. He lived a life of communion with God; it was his constant care to conform himself to the will of God, to please him, and to approve himself to him. God looks down upon those with an eye of favor who sincerely look up to him with an eye of faith. That which crowns his character is that he walked with God, obeyed Him, sought Him, worshiped Him, in his generation, in that corrupt degenerate age in which his lot was cast. It is easy to be religious when religion is in fashion; but it is an evidence of strong faith and resolution to swim against a stream to heaven, and to appear for God when no one else appears for him: so Noah did, and it is upon record, to his immortal honor. Think of it, because Noah loved God, obeyed God, praised God, stood for God in a wicked, evil, sinful world where not even one other person did so, then he was saved from the coming wrath God poured upon the world.
A wrath that utterly destroyed all life. ALL of it! God drowned the world in a great deluge, washing it clean of unrighteousness. Only Noah and his family were preserved out of the flood. Only 8 people, 8.
When once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. (1 Peter 3:20)
Folks please heed the warning of Jesus himself in both Matthew ad Luke:
For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. (Matthew 24:37)
Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. (Luke 17:26)
For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. (Matthew 24:38-42)
So will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back.
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.
Please make sure you are ready when the Lord Jesus returns on clouds of glory to claim His own. Make sure you are numbered among the blessed because you have been diligently watching, sincere in your faith in Christ, secure in the hope of the resurrection. Patiently, tirelessly carrying your cross following your Savior’s footsteps as you await His triumphant return. Watch, be ready – just as Noah was when he spent over 100 years building the ark while all those around him called him a fool, crazy, ignorant, foolish. Mocked, ridiculed, hated, persecuted, Noah stood his ground, completed the task secure in his faith in the Lord, secure that God was just, faithful and true and would deliver him and his family from judgement. We will be delivered too from the coming judgement, the final judgement on this world. Put your faith in Christ, the one and only Son of God who died on the cross for the repentance of sins that all who call upon Him in faith might be saved, secured to everlasting life, eternity with Him in heaven. If you have not made that decision already then please do not delay another second. Jesus was clear when He said:
But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. (Matthew 24:36)
I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left.
Don’t be left behind. Get on the ark now, before the rain starts for then it will be too late! Below you will find a simple sinner’s prayer, pray it now or a similar prayer. Simply acknowledge you are a sinner in need of a savior, repent and turn from your sins, and ask Jesus to save you, to come into your heart wash you clean make you whole, and give you eternal life with Him, in Him.