Family Bible Study lesson for July 14- God Wants Me to be Faithful
June 28 2002 by James Baldwin , Genesis 6:5-9,12-14,22; 7:1-3,5; 8:1; Hebrews 11:7

Family Bible Study lesson for July 14: God Wants Me to be Faithful | Friday, June 28, 2002

Friday, June 28, 2002

Family Bible Study lesson for July 14: God Wants Me to be Faithful

By James Baldwin Genesis 6:5-9,12-14,22; 7:1-3,5; 8:1; Hebrews 11:7

C.S. Lewis wrote a book comprised of fictional letters between a veteran devil named Screwtape, and his young demonic nephew named Wormwood.

Referring to God as the "Enemy," Screwtape warned his nephew of the power of faithful living. "He wanted them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there He is pleased even with their stumbles. Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending to do our Enemy's will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys."

Surely there were times when Noah looked around and saw no evidence of God's hand. Still he was faithful and obedient.

Chosen (Genesis 6:5-9) One thing I love about the Bible is its honesty. The Bible never tries to sugarcoat sin or whitewash the terrible effects it has on creation.

By the third chapter of Genesis we see that sin had already broken the relationship between humans and God. By the fourth chapter sin had brought about the death of an individual. By chapter six God was sorry He had ever created humans.

As He considered destroying all mankind and starting over, God remembered Noah. Noah is described as "a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God."

We live in times of evil and sin much like the time of Noah. We should live our lives in a manner that sets us apart from the rest of society - a peculiar people, chosen by God (1 Peter 2:9).

Tested (Genesis 6:12-14,22) Comedian Bill Cosby performed a classic skit about Noah when he first began doing comedy.

God calls to Noah and tells him "I want you to build an ark."

Naturally, Noah asks, "Who is this?"

When God identifies Himself and repeats His command to build an ark, Noah replies, "Right! What's an ark?"

We can only imagine the laughter Noah caused as he began to build a giant boat in the middle of the desert. How could he explain that he was building the boat to house two of every kind of animal, because God was preparing to flood the earth?

Besides dealing daily with the ridicule of family and friends, Noah had to battle his own doubts about the sanity of this project. Yet the scripture testifies that "Noah did everything just as God commanded him." That is faithfulness.

Preserved (Genesis 7:1-3,5; 8:1) Because Noah was obedient to God, God protected him from the promised destruction.

When we are willing to believe God, and are willing to accept by faith His way of salvation, we place ourselves in a place where He can save us.

Scripture makes clear the connection between Noah's experience and our own.

"God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also - not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God" (1 Peter 3:20-21).

Rewarded (Hebrews 11:7) Noah is listed in the "faith hall of fame" in Hebrews 11. He is recognized for his obedience to God in spite of the lack of physical evidence to verify his actions.

"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see" (Heb. 11:1).

Noah had no Weather Channel predicting massive rains due to "El Nino" in the South Pacific. All he had to go by was the word of God that spoke to his spirit.

God is still looking for people who are willing to act on faith. He desires to use individuals who will obey in spite of the taunts of others and their own insecurities.

"For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him" (2 Chr. 16:9).

When the Lord sees you, what does He see?

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6/28/2002 12:00:00 AM by James Baldwin , Genesis 6:5-9,12-14,22; 7:1-3,5; 8:1; Hebrews 11:7 | with 0 comments
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