There are numerous servants of God mentioned in the Bible, but only two of them are said to have “walked with God”—Enoch and Noah. Further descriptions of Noah say he “was a righteous man, blameless in his time” (Gen. 6:9). Of all the people on earth in that day, only “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord” (v. 8). He was a remarkable man in his time, but he’s also someone we should aspire to be like today.
After creating the earth and all the plants and animals along with Adam and Eve, “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:31). Yet by the time Noah lived, conditions had become so bad that God was sorry He’d made man. What had happened? The answer is sin. When sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, everything changed, and it is still having its effect today. We are living in a time when society is becoming increasingly like Noah’s day, and just as he remained righteous and blameless, walking with God, we should aspire to do so as well.
From the time God told Noah to build the ark and throughout his time inside the ark, Noah kept trusting and obeying the Lord. The Bible doesn’t record what Noah and his family experienced during this time, but we can imagine what it must have been like to hear the first rain drops and perhaps the people knocking on the door to get in. Everyone they’d known before was going to die, and the earth they knew would be devastated and forever changed. This was not a pleasant boat ride but a rescue from God’s judgment on the world.
Noah’s walk of faith continued as he and his family began living in a strange new world after the flood waters receded. The first thing he did was build an altar, offer sacrifices, and worship the Lord who had brought them safely through the flood (Gen. 8:20). Then God established a covenant with mankind and every living creature on earth. He promised that the earth would never be destroyed with water again. And as a sign of the covenant, He set His rainbow in the sky (Gen. 9:11-14).
Noah’s life is an inspiration and an example we should all follow. He was a righteous, blameless, obedient servant of God in an ungodly society. He believed what God said, and did what He told him to do, even though he’d never seen rain or built a boat. Noah trusted the Lord to protect and provide for them in the ark and afterwards, when he and his family had to start over again. In the same way, we too can believe whatever God says and trust Him to direct our lives and provide for all our needs as we obey His instructions.
This article is adapted from the Sermon Notes for Dr. Stanley’s message “Noah—Blameless Servant of God” which aired this past weekend on TV.