In this article I would like to cover how to find grace in God’s eyes through looking at the life of Noah. Noah lived in a time of universal darkness, an yet he obtained grace in God’s eyes. Before we start what exactly is grace? Well first of all grace is not mercy, mercy speaks of not getting the punishment that I deserve. Grace however speaks unmerited favor, or getting blessed when I don’t deserve it. You see we never deserve God’s blessings, but that doesn’t mean we should walk in a position where we deserve His punishment. I call the difference walking in Grace or walking in Mercy. For instance there have been times when I was walking in known sin and God has chosen to not punish me, but bless me that’s mercy. Other times I’ve had a clear conscience, and awesome walk with God and He blessed me I still didn’t deserve it, but I was not deserving punishment either. You see both ways can be blessed but God’s mercy only extends so far before His holiness kicks in, and you get what you deserve.
In the following passage we’ll discuss one man who walked in Grace, and the whole world which walked in mercy. God describes the situation this way,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. 5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
So to best understand how to obtain let us first look how Noah’s generation failed to obtain grace.
Making Soulish Choices- The Bible says in verse 2 that the sons of God (God’s people) saw the daughters of men and found them attractive. Every decision in our lives should be led by the Spirit of God, and not in our soul (mind, will, and emotions). These men decided that rather seek God’s will for their mate that they would choose based on their souls. These women are what I want (the will), I think their pretty (the mind), and resulting product of our relationship is I feel (emotions) good. Because these men put their soulish desires above God’s desires they failed to obtain grace, and were instead walking in Mercy.
Associate with Satan’s People- The prophet Amos astutely observed, “how can two walk together except they be agreed. The Bible describes our relationship with God in the terms of a marriage. In fact were often charged to Know God, the word know is yada in hebrew, and ginosko in greek they both speak of a warm, intimate, familiar knowledge ie Adam knew his wife, and she conceived. So given this marriage relationship how do you think you can stumble into the prayer closet, or Church with the stench of another lovers cologne, and expect to recieve God’s continued blessings. These men of Noah’s time were more concerned with the pleasures of sin for a season than getting to know their God, and because of this they did not find favour.
Resist the Spirit’s Voice- In verse three God declares that His Spirit will not always strive with man, but his days would be 120 years. God was saying these people are resisting, and I’m fighting them (striving) like little children. Then God says my mercy will extend 120 years, whoa that’s a lot of mercy, but eventually it came to an end. So those of you who are complacent who have been living in sin for months or years do not confuse God’s mercy for his grace. You may say, look I have a great house, good family, nice car: God’s is obviously blessing me. God’s mercy will not bless you forever your maturity is far more important to Him than you prosperity. Stop fighting the Spirit, and start walking in Grace.
Meditate on bad things-
Imaginations speaks of the brains tendency to store everything we perceive visually into our memory as images. As we think these images are played in the minds eye and combined to produce thoughts. Evil images produce evil thoughts good images good thought. These combined images which produce thoughts are then meditated on to produce action.
Example a man who murders his parents. He recalls visual images of his parents abusing him or something similar these visuals are framed in the mind through logic and reasoning however twisted to conceive a thought. This thought is then meditated upon till it produces action ie killing his parents.
So what is God saying in Genesis 6:5 that caused him to destroy the earth, and wipe out mankind? That man was visualizing, and recalling evil stored images that were framed in the mind through logical processes to conceive evil thoughts which led to evil action.
The word continually is the key it shows to what extent these evil thoughts were meditated on in the Hebrew continually is Kol Yom or literally whole day. These evil thoughts were their meditations all day every day leading to continual wicked action that led God to destroy the world. So you may say well it’s only thoughts, but according to the Bibles, “as a man thinketh so is he” wicked thoughts lead to action. God’s mercy will not extend forever start thinking right thoughts today.
The Bible shows us three unique attributes of Noah that set him apart, Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
Noah was a Tsaddiq-
The word just in verse 9 is the Hebrew word tsaddîq (Strong’s #6662), meaning “just,” “righteous,” “lawful” (in accord with a standard), “correct.” In the Hebrew thought being a tsaddiq was like a title, it was like saying not that today such and so was righteous, but that their life long character was righteous. If we were to give an expanded translation of “just man” we might say a man who’s lifelong character was that he found God’s will and did it.
Noah was definitely such a man who lived in accordance with God’s revealed will, unlike all others of his time. It did not matter to Him if what God said was popular he was going to obey at all cost.
Noah Completed God’s Will for His Generation
In verse 9 the Bible says, These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations. The word perfect does not mean that Noah never sinned, rather this word has a completely different meaning. In the Hebrew text, this is tamîm (Strong’s #8549), and its basic meaning is “complete” or “entire.” It does not mean “perfect” as we would think of it today, as “without fault, flaw, or defect.” Other English words that translate tamîm are “perfect” “whole,” “full,” “finished,” “well-rounded,” “balanced,” “sound,” “healthful,” “sincere,” “innocent,” or “wholehearted.” So this word shows us that Noah had completed something, or was fulfilling something. What Noah was completing had to do with his generations, the KJV translates two different Hebrew words as “generations” in this verse. The first occurrence—”These are the generations“—is rendered from toledoth (Strong’s #8435; note that it is plural), meaning “descent,” “history,” or “genealogy.” The second occurrence of “generations”—in the phrase “perfect in his generations”—is from the Hebrew word dôr (Strong’s #1755), which means “properly, a revolution of time, i.e., an age or generation.”
So what was it that Noah was completing in his generation, the will of God. You see as a Tsaddiq he was genuinely interested in finding God’s will, and doing it , but he also didn’t just start it he completed everything God had for him to do in his lifetime. Can you imagine on your tombstone the phrase he, or she completed everything God wanted them to accomplish in their lifetime. Wow I want that to be said of me, He completed everything God ever intended for him to do in a lifetime.
Noah Walked With God-
The church has written volumes on the concept of walking with God, but it is amazing how little we do it. In this age it seems that walking with God has become synonymous with doing our devotions in a morning, or prayer. These things are part of walking with God, but a walk with encompasses our whole life style it is something we do 24/7/365 for our whole life. It wasn’t just that he was spending time with God in the morning his entire consuming passion was to follow God wholeheartedly.
You see you may had devotions this morning, but do you meditate and talk with God throughout the day? When God tells you do do things, or stop doing things do you obey? Because surely you don’t think you are still walking with God when you have said no to Him. He has a prescribed path, and we head down another path, and still think we are walking with God I think not.
For Noah this wasn’t just a little devotional in the morning He passionately sought the will of God for his life, and brought it to completion as he walked with God throughout his whole life. That is how to find God’s grace in our lives today.