In the story of Noah, we are given three distinct descriptions:
- He was a righteous man
- He was a blameless man
- He walked with God
Righteous – we know from Hebrews 11:6-7 that it was Noah’s faith that made him righteous. Blameless – we know from James 2:21-24 that true, saving faith is evident in the way that a person lives and therefore Noah was blameless.
Finally, Noah, like Enoch, walked with God. He continually and habitually maintained a relationship with God.
- Righteous by Faith
- Blameless by Conduct
- Walked with God by Relationship
We also know from later reading that Noah developed a drinking problem and had failings as a father. This is a reminder that without God’s grace we will never be righteous, blameless or maintain a relationship with God.
I want to lean into God for provision of increased faith, power for self-control in my conduct, and the ability to grasp the height, depth, breadth and length of Him who loved me first.
To plead with the desperate father: Lord, I believe, help me with my unbelief. (Mark 9:24)
To ask like the son for a loaf of bread: Holy Spirit dwell in me, that the fruit of self-control would be manifest (Matthew 7:9)
To enter into the disciples’ experience and walk ‘in the dust of the Rabbi’ -t hat we might receive the Lord’s reply to Phillip in John 14:
Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?… “If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.