April 28, 2020
Good morning Salties & friends,
It’s sure getting hot early. I hope that isn’t an indication of the kind of summer we’ll be facing. On the other hand, maybe the heat will burn out the virus more quickly.
Yesterday we looked at verse 1 of chapter 7 where I reminded you that Noah is called a righteous man by God and invited into the ark because he had been justified by grace through faith in the promises of God. He was a man who believed God and demonstrated that by obedience. 6:22 says that Noah did all that God commanded him. We see that principle in the book of James 2:17 “so also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead”. Clearly, the standard for Noah was not what people thought but what God told him to do. As we know, that is not always easy. Despite the circumstances, Noah not only believed but his actions demonstrated that belief. His faith and trust in God was the motivation for his obedience. Noah’s example proves that trusting and believing God is hard, often costly, time consuming and different from what the world is doing and saying. In other words, he was not conformed to the world around him (Romans 12:2.) Our response to this crisis should be shaped by the knowledge of the gospel and the power of the Spirit and not by CNN, Fox News or the pushing and pulling of one side or the other. We should be motivated by humility and love; forgiveness and kindness; gentleness and self-control. Our belief in God’s control of every event good or bad is evidenced by our refusal to be overcome with anxiety & criticism. We, who by the Holy Spirit have been transformed by the renewing of our minds, can be like Noah, “a preacher of righteousness” as we exhibit the fruit of the Spirit in this challenging time.
Noah was not perfect, but he was a man who took God at His Word. His faith, not fear, was the motivation for his obedience. I pray that our response of obedience because of our faith, although not perfect, will produce a living testimony to our great God and Savior.
In Him, Neil