Summary: GOD PROVIDES PEOPLE OF COMFORT TO LEAD THROUGH LIFE’S FLOODS.
C. Peter mentions that God was patient in Noah’s day while Noah fulfilled his calling as a preacher of righteousness (I Pe 3:20; II Pe 2:5). Because Noah walked with the Lord, it was relatively easy to predict where he was going. We need people who are going with the Lord. They are not always easy to follow, but it is fairly easy to tell where they are going. Noah followed God. Jesus said, "Follow me," while Paul said, "Imitate me inasmuch as I follow Christ" (Mt 16:24; I Cor 11:1). When you walk with the Lord , you will be a comfort because people will know where you are going .
D. Someone has said, Happy is the one who walks so close to God that he leaves no room for the devil. --(29) 132.85 Perhaps here it would not hurt to make our prayer the words of that old Negro spiritual Just A Closer Walk With Thee.
Just a closer walk with Thee;
Grant it Jesus, if you please.
Daily walking close with Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, Let it be.
I am weak but Thou art strong.
Jesus keeps me from all wrong.
I’ll be satisfied as long,
As I walk, let me walk, close to Thee.
Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares,
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.
Hymn 398, PRAISE!
II. PEOPLE ARE A COMFORT WHO DO WHAT THE LORD SAYS.
A. Noah did what God said (Gen 6:22). This included going obediently into the ark (Gen 7:6).
B. Hebrews records that Noah was moved with faith (Heb 11:6-7). Faith accepts God at His word and acts on that acceptance. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Noah’s faith was not dead (James 2:14-26). It lived, as is seen in actions like his response to God’s warning, his being moved with fear, his preparing of the ark, and his efforts to save his household from the world’s condemnation. Note that Noah inherited his righteousness by FAITH.
C. During NATO maneuvers in September 1988, a Dutch soldier, guarding a bridge, was left behind by his unit. He stayed at his post for five days, refusing to leave his post until ordered to do so. Sympathetic local villagers brought food and drink to the nineteen- year-old soldier, Johann Romers. They were impressed with his commitment to duty. He did what his superiors said (p. 30, 100.15). Noah prepared the ark for 120 years and stood against the ridicule. He did what his superior said. Today our righteousness is tested with the MTV (i.e., moral trash and vernacular) mentality. Rap lyrics encourage immorality and Hollywood continues to degenerate. We need the comfort of people who do what God says, people who stay at their post like Noah.
III. EVEN COMFORTING PEOPLE HAVE BLEMISHES (Noah got drunk, Gen 9:24).
A. Josephus comments on the glaring impropriety that makes us question the idea that Noah would be considered more righteous than Daniel.
Noah, when, after the deluge, the earth was resettled in its former
condition, set about its cultivation; and when he had planted it with
vines, and when the fruit was ripe , and he had gathered the grapes,
in their season, and the wine was ready for use, he offered sacrifice,