Today's Manna

January 5, 2017
Noah Found Grace
by Christi Huff
Scripture Reading: Genesis 6-7

In today’s reading, we are given an update on the spiritual condition of man during Noah’s time, which was only ten generations after Adam and the Garden of Eden. Genesis 6:5 states, “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” We would do well to remember how little time it takes for man to reach utter hopelessness, apart from God.

Thankfully, the story doesn't end there. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. What made Noah different? Much like us, he lived in a society filled with depravity. In the middle of utter wickedness, how was Noah able to live his life in such a way as to be pleasing to a holy and righteous God?

The key is found in verse 9 of chapter 6, “This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.” Noah knew that apart from God, he could do nothing. Jesus said it like this in John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

Because of Noah’s faithfulness, he was used of the Lord to preserve the entire human race. The possibility of much fruit cannot be realized without a faithful heart. We have the very same opportunity to walk with the Lord through our Bible reading each and every day. As we grow through the daily intake of God’s Word, we are exposed to His will, and we are shaped by His hand. We become just and perfect in the sanctifying light of Holy Scripture, a vessel unto honor.

How would the Lord like to use you in His plan for reaching a dark and wicked world? Maybe His plans for your life are as big as the plans He had for Noah, or maybe He has simpler plans. But one thing is for sure: He won’t use you at all unless you walk with Him in His direction.

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