Outside the Zone of Adversity: Noah
I’m going to ask you to think a bit about something before you dig into this lesson. Would you take just a moment and think about the word “adversity?” When you see that word, what do you immediately think of? Is it a physical problem? A worry? A fear? A circumstance? Write it down somewhere… and we’ll return to it.
At the time God chose to issue the flood, the world was in the worst position that it had ever been. Attempt to imagine this phrase:
Every thought was only evil continually.
And we think our world is wicked. Can you even begin to grasp the environment in which Noah was living?
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. (Genesis 6:8)
I love this verse! Huge “but” right in the middle of a horrid descriptive state of the earth and its inhabitants.
Verse 9 further explains why he found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Three reasons outlined:
1. He was just; meaning righteous in conduct and character.
2. He was perfect in his generations: meaning completely true to his beliefs in the period in which he lived.
3. He walked with God. This word “walked” means “traversed.” His every move was with the Lord. He traveled with Him everywhere he went.
And in spite of all the adversity, Noah “did everything according to all that God commanded him.”
Can you imagine how difficult that was? Not one person was doing right except for him. The entire known world was doing evil against God, except for the one lone ranger, Noah.
Yet when Noah woke up, God was with him. And he was with God.
When Noah went to work, God was with him. And he was with God.
When Noah went to sleep, God was with him. And he was with God.
When Noah shopped for groceries, God was with him. And he was with God.
I think we can see, that word “traversing” means constant.
He didn’t go anywhere that he would be embarrassed for God to be with him.
He didn’t do anything that he would be embarrassed for God to see.
We will come back to “adversity” in the next part… but for now:
Think about your walk with God.
Can you fill in the blank with your name?
But ______________ found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Part 2 posting soon!