Summary: Learn to trust GOD in spite of our circumstances, and obey his word, just like Noah.
Obeying GOD in spite of the World
1And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
3And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
4There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
5And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7And 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.
8But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
What can we learn from a man who lived several thousand years ago? What can we learn by reviewing his life? We see:
I. How did Noah react to the World around him?
1. First we need to realize the condition of the world in Noah’s Day (verse 5)
a. Mankind was wicked: no regard for human lives or GOD.
b. Man was wicked enough to cause GOD to regret that He ever created him. That’s pretty bad! (Verse 6)
2. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” (Verse 8)
a. His thoughts were continuously on GOD.
b. He had a high regard for GOD and human life
II. How did Noah react to GOD?
1. He was Obedient. GOD gave Noah an extremely important job to do . Build the Ark
a. How important was this faith act? It was the way of salvation for the whole world, yet only 8 saved!
2. He was faithful. It took Noah years to build the Ark. Think of his persistence, think of the ridiculing that he must have endured; think of the hardships he must have endured.
3. Now, think of the task that GOD has given you. Is it much different than Noah’s? Are we not also laboring in this world, preparing the way to avoid God’s judgment? How obedient are you being to the task He has given you? How faithful have you been? Are you persistent?
III. Noah is a great example for us today!
1. No matter how corrupt this world is – we can be holy and please GOD.
2. No matter how difficult our task from GOD may seem, we can do it!
3. No matter what the situation looks like. We can trust GOD!!
In conclusion, when we learn to trust GOD in spite of our circumstances, and obey his word, just like Noah we will proclaim (Psalm 119:43-48) Do not snatch the word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws. I will always obey your law, for ever and ever. I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, for I delight in your commands because I love them. I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees. Then, when we can ignore ridicule and remain steadfast in the task assigned by GOD; when its complete we can look forward to hearing His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord (Matthew 25:21)(KJV) And finally when perilous times try to overtake you Psalms 27:5 "For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His Pavilion: in the secret of His Tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon A Rock."