Grace that Endures
In Genesis 6:8 we read “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” By the time Genesis 6 came around the world as God made it no longer existed. Sin had entered the world and in turn entered into the hearts of the people. When God created the world it was perfect in every way and God enjoyed a relationship with his creation. As you go through Genesis 6 you can read where the “sons of God” (the Godly lineage of Seth) and the “daughters of men” (the worldly lineage of Cain) began to marry among themselves (verse 2). Through these unions people began to grow farther and farther from God and soon most people have forgotten God and his ways. We can read in verse 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.” From a time when there was perfection the world went to a point the Lord saw that the human beings on the earth were very wicked and that their every thought about was evil. How could this happen? How could people wholeheartedly turn their back on God?
We read in verse 6 that “And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” The state of the world in that day repented or in other words sorrowed, grieved and dissatisfied God to the point that he decided to destroy mankind. Think how wicked the people must have been. Verse 7 states “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.” The heart of mankind was so centered on the evil of the world that God saw that mankind would never realize the hardness and wickedness of their hearts. They had lost their love for God and his ways and were focused on what the world could give. Yet in the midst of that “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Here was a man and his family surrounded by the all the evil the world had to offer and still they sought God. Seeking God allowed them to find the grace that God has to offer. Soon God would destroy the world by flood. In the entire world only eight people would enter into the arc. Only eight people believed in God and sought him.
Does the world today mirror the days of Noah? I do not know. Are we in the end times? I do not nor does anyone else know. Here is what we do know. That same grace that Noah found in the eyes of God is still there for us today. This world is not the world God created. Sin has wreaked havoc upon his creation. Romans 8:22 says “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain.” While the world is a struggle at times there has never been a better time to show a world in need of a Saviour the grace and mercy he so freely gives. I do not know what the future holds but I do know that God gives today. What we do with today depends on you and I. Today let’s make it a point to share with someone about God so they can find “grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Enjoy your coffee.
Love you all,
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Gary W. Hall, Pastor of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.