When I read about Noah I see a man who was just trying to do what he knew was right. To live a good life. To maintain his integrity while everyone else cared less about such things.
What I really love most when I read about Noah is the main thing that seems to have got him noticed was the simple act of walking with God. That’s how he was known and the rest of his life was a by-product of that choice. And that saved him. I’m convinced I can do this walking with God thing too.
More than that, walking with God, living from a position of close relationship with God, meant Noah heard the voice of God. Not only did he hear Gods voice but he followed through on what he heard and that is the kind of life I definitely need to keep working on.
Walking with God positioned Noah to hear from God.
Hearing from God meant Noah had to be willing to listen to God.
Listening to God meant Noah had be determined to respond to God.
Responding to God meant Noah had to show commitment to doing what God said.
Doing what God said shows that Noah was disciplined and it produced a life of blessing.
Maybe I’ve over-simplified. However, simple or not, I know I don’t get it right all the time. If I don’t feel like I am hearing from God then I need to check my position. Get back to that first question: how’s my walk with God? I’m confident that if I stay close to God, walk with Him, then I am more likely to hear Him speak. Strikes me as not that complicated. Just put yourself in the right space to hear God’s voice.
Be in the House of God.
Get planted. Remove distractions.
Read the Word. Pray. Give
Hang out with other Christians.
Get actively involved in building local church.
My summary for Noah would be just 5 words: Walk. Hear. Listen. Respond. Do. When I read about Noah I think that was all he was really concerned about and he managed it without anyone else having the same conviction. Plus, he didn’t have access to many of the tools we have that help us in our relationship with God.
So, my prayer is easy. Lord, don’t let me get distracted. Help me to keep walking with you, to be able to hear what you want to say to me and then give me the courage to respond and to do what you are asking me to do. Amen
How about you?