Life Right Now: Wisdom from Noah’s story (Pt 2)
What exactly does the Bible want us to “get” from the concept of Noah walking with God? Coincidentally, the Bible said Noah’s grandfather, Enoch, also walked with God (Genesis 5:24). We can see that this meant that first of all that realized that they were spiritual beings created by and connected to God; secondly, this led them to humble themselves accepting that they were actually dependent on God and third, they trusted God. They understood the value of the relationship with God. It wasn’t some on and off commitment based on whether life was going well or whether they were in the mood to “be spiritual.” For them, knowing God was the MOST VALUABLE relationship they had. And they had it right, it is the most valuable relationship anyone can have! God does not depend on us but we certainly need God! As quiet as it’s kept, God is crucial to human existence! The funny thing is that humans have to get sick of that empty God sized hole within them to accept the truth that without relationship with God we are actually not whole — we are suffering a deficit– spiritually poor!! Even further once we do recognize and submit that we need God, we still need to be TAUGHT HOW to “be” in relationship with God. We can be sure Noah learned through his grandfather what a relationship with God was all about. The Bible does not make mention his grandfather’s faith for no reason. **PAUSE HERE and think seriously about how we will and are influencing the generations that follow us. If you are spiritually dead you will not be of any help to others with regard to the most important aspect of their life! (think of your siblings, children/future children, grandchildren or others in your sphere of influence) In the Exodus story, a MAJOR ASPECT of Moses’ calling was not only to free the people from bondage but to teach those diverse peoples HOW to “be” with this God who redeemed them. (By the way, this group of people were not only “Israelites”! God of the Holy Bible is not a “national God.” See Exodus 12:37-38
Finally, we see the same concept through Jesus Christ– God incarnate who took on a human existence to teach and model how humans are to relate to God and one another. What Jesus did is called “discipleship” A true disciple of Jesus Christ not only hangs around on the perimeter but owns the identity he or she is claiming and is proactive in learning the ways of godliness. But the key is that this is done because they have experienced God’s presence and received the love of God in their hearts for real! Passion to live a godly lifestyle starts with a “personal” and “genuine” love for God that is top priority. Being conscious of living in a way that is pleasing to God governs your attitude and your motives. Are you trying to love God with your mind ONLY? Or maybe you are trying to show your godliness by “DOING” stuff but inside you’re a spiritual mess? It starts with coming into agreement with God –a softened heart toward God which allows His Spirit to be the guide and not your human ways that never quite get it right.
Consider God’s instruction through Moses:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)
Now hear Jesus’ words:
“Love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
The Ten Commandments and other laws in the Old Testament were given to teach humanity how to exist in a fallen world – an environment of sin which focuses on the love of SELF! BUT what’s SO interesting is that Noah and his grandfather, Enoch, lived prior to the written law – they learned directly from God, the Creator. They were in tune with God’s presence, they heard the voice of God. Noah responded. He didn’t “ignore God OR pretend not to hear but rather he invested in his spiritual “inner man”; he nurtured it. He embraced the reality of being made flesh and spirit and understood that he had a spiritual responsibility as much as worldly responsibilities! In that “anything goes — do what you feel — right or wrong is relative” society in which Noah lived, he was spiritually self-aware and consistent with God –not following the fads or the crowd. Noah decided to walk with God not away from God.
Do you profess to know Christ? Then ask yourself: “Does my life reflect that I am spiritually self-aware and sensitive to the presence of God or do I just feel good carrying the label of Christian? ? Am I really doing my part to be a true disciple or am I just a “follower” in the Christian crowd?
More to come… God bless you !