Wednesday Reflection, December 11, 2019
Brothers and sisters, Tis the season to be jolly. To eat in abundance, to receive, give gifts and ultimately be merry.
I pray we will each experience God’s unmerited Favor during all the festivities.
Today’s watchword comes to us from the book of Genesis chapter 6:8 “Noah found favor in the sight of the Lord”
My friends, I liken this verse to a lighthouse, an anchor, a silver lining…even a rainbow. All things that are significant. This verse is a reminder that amidst chaos and confusion, peer pressure, broken homes and lives, in a place where morality seems to be at its lowest; the Lord always has a witness! Noah stood out among the people because he refused to participate or get drawn into what surrounded him. I’m sure there were numerous opportunities presented to him but he did not yield to temptation, exemplifying what it means to be in the world but not of the world.
Genesis chapter 6 reminds me of the world in which we live today. A world in which men have seemingly become a law unto themselves and accountability appears to be a mythical thing and righteousness simply a figment of our imagination. People now do what they want, how they want, When they want with whomever they want. To some, this was the intent of God, for man to give and take pleasure whilst enjoying the gifts the Lord has given. And are they wrong to believe such? No, not at all, but within what context?
We all can testify of being favoured by the Lord but how many of us understand that with that favor comes great responsibility? We cannot simply speak or behave as others do, we must not be easily led nor swayed by events or opinions but keep building up our most holy faith.
Today friends, we are being tasked to be like Noah, to walk uprightly and be holy as our heavenly Father is holy. May we live lives in service to the King, seeking to please Him instead of attempting to fulfill our own fleshly desires. Colossians 2:6-7 reminds us, “just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith.”