God connects with Noah–through faith!
Scripture reading for January 3rd–Genesis 6-9
God saw that the man that He had made in His own image had turned to wickedness instead walking in faith in God’s Word. God’s heart was grieved and filled with pain because of this refusal to connect with Him. Man has a free will to choose his own path instead of God’s, but must accept the consequences. Sin always brings God’s judgment, and ultimately death.
“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:8) God’s eyes are always looking for a way to show favor and mercy! His eyes are looking for any who would be humble and teachable that He might connect with them. God revealed to Noah his plans for judgment of the wicked and a polluted earth. “Noah did everything just as God commanded Him.” (Genesis 6:22)
God did exactly what He said He would do on a specific day in Noah’s life! “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the 17th day of the second month–on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of heaven were opened.” (Genesis 7:11) In the New Testament, Jesus taught that it would be just like the days of Noah when God would again judge the wicked of the earth. (Matthew 24:36-39) But this time it would be by fire! Jesus is waiting patiently for all who will respond to Him, but “a day” is coming!
“By these same waters the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. . . .The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2nd Peter 3:6-7, 9)