Daily D – Genesis 8:15-16
Genesis 8:15, 16 Then God said to Noah, “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. (NIV)
Adam and Eve walked with God until they did not (Genesis 3:8).
“Enoch walked with faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away,” (5:24).
“Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God,” (6:9).
Righteous, blameless Noah was given instructions for building an ark (6:11-21). “Noah did everything just as God commanded him,” (verse 22).
When it came time for the rain to fall and the floodwaters to rise, God told Noah to get into the ark with his family and with all the birds and animals he would send to him (7:1-4, 8, 9).
“And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him,” (verse 5).
The rain stopped. The floodwaters receded. Noah then devised tests to assess the progress of the drying of the earth (8:1-14). When the earth was completely dry (verse 14), “Then God said to Noah, ‘Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives,” (verses 15 and 16).
Can you predict what happened next without reading ahead because of what you know about Noah? Verse 18 tells us, “So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives.” The animals and birds also disembarked.
Why was Noah called righteous and blameless in 6:9? The second half of the verse tells us, “He walked faithfully with God.”
My bride and I take walks together frequently. Sometimes we ponder our plans or our problems. Sometimes we pray. We have conversations on our walks unlike most of our other discussions. Miles of steps provide space to unpack ideas. Commercial breaks or pauses in the action of what is on television constrict contemplation. Our thoughts are less well-formed.
Long walks with God while pondering his words of truth and life and praying Bible prayers like Psalm 23 and what we call the Lord’s Prayer, enrich our understanding and focus our application of God’s plans.
Noah and Company were on that boat for a year. Even though there was ample evidence it was safe to step foot back onto dry ground, Noah waited until God told him to do so. Here is the answer to why Noah was called righteous and blameless. He knew the heart and mind of God and trusted his perfect timing and provision.
Knowing how to hear God clearly and respond to God appropriately is the most important thing we can ever learn and the single best lesson we can ever teach. It is the kind of lifestyle and instruction best modeled consistently and continually.
Let’s say you are going to get up out of your chair now and put on your walking shoes to take a thirty-minute walk. You consider Noah as you do so. You take to heart how he faithfully walked with God and thereby knew God’s heart and mind. How will you pray in response to what you have learned?
Ask God to speak to your heart and to give you ears to hear what he is saying. Ask him to give you a willing heart to do whatever he asks.
Ask God to build his righteousness into your life. Ask him to empower you to do the right thing the right way in the right timing in all things at all times.
Ask God to empower you to do what he says no matter how challenging. Trust him to provide whatever you need wherever he guides.
It does not take long to see righteous, blameless Noah fail (9:18-28). You will fail. Ask God to forgive your sin. Ask him for a fresh start to begin again more intelligently. Trust God to provide what you need in that moment just as he provided for Adam and Eve (3:21). God’s adornment of clothing was far superior to the fig leaves Adam and Eve sewed together (3:7).
As King David would later say in the great Shepherd Psalm, “my cup overflows.” God is better to us than we are to ourselves. His grace is always greater than our sin.
Peter called Noah a “preacher of righteousness,” (2 Peter 2:5). We have no transcript of a sermon from Noah. Instead, we have his example. If we learn the lessons of his life, we will preach our own wordless sermons and speak more poignantly than words can convey.
I will walk faithfully with God.
Our Father, I want to walk with you through this and every day. I want to move when you say, “Move” and stay when you say, “Stay.” Give me ears to hear what you are saying moment by moment. Give me a willing and obedient heart to respond as you direct. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.