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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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This past weekend, we continued our “Origins: The Beginning” series as Pastor Doug shared from Genesis 6. In this message, we met Noah, a righteous man in an exceedingly wicked generation, examined what made Noah righteous, how evil corrupts and sin spreads in our world, and how we can live like Noah.
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Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug’s message this weekend:
Even When it Doesn’t Seem Like it, God Is in Control: Did God make a mistake? Was He caught off guard by what we did with our free will? No. Even in our free will, He is sovereign and He is in control. Nothing that has taken place in all of history has ever been out of His hands. Nothing that has taken place has ever escaped His great plan for mankind and His will.
As we see history unfold throughout the Old Testament, we can be sure that not only is God in control, but He allows things to unfold to carry out His perfect will and purposes. We need to understand that the experiences of men like Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David were all preparations for the coming of Christ. God made a covenant—a promise—with each of these saints, and in His sovereignty He allowed certain things to take place to bring about those promises to fruition. The coming of Jesus guided all of God's work in the Old Testament.
In a World Filled with Evil, You Can Walk with God: Noah stood out; he found grace and favor in the eyes of God. God saw Noah’s heart. He saw faithfulness and devotion. He saw a heart that was fully committed to Him. Noah was a righteous man in a wicked generation. He was a man of character; a man who lived a blameless, God-honoring life while everyone around him was sinful and lost. Being surrounded by nothing but sinfulness and evil, Noah remained righteous. He didn’t fall into wickedness.
This is one of the most difficult things in the world to do. It’s so easy to be dragged down by the world around you . . . by culture, by peer pressure, by a need for acceptance and belonging. It’s so easy to fall into sin when “everyone else is doing it.” But Noah never gave in. He stayed strong in the face of pressure. How? He valued walking with God over walking with man and blending into the crowd.
We can live like Noah, too! We can live like Christ and model true faith and righteousness in a lost and increasingly sinful world. But in order to do so, we must walk with God daily. We do this through studying His Word, prayer, worship, reflection, fasting, fellowship, and service, through living out the spiritual disciplines and living our faith through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
When Evil Seems to Be Winning, God’s Redemption Is at Work: When it seems like evil is winning, when the world becomes increasingly corrupt and wicked, when the darkness spreads further and further into the hearts of man, and every imagination is filled with violence . . . why doesn’t God step in and wipe it all out? Why doesn’t He bring down judgment then and there? 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
Be assured . . . God’s wrath is coming. Romans 1 and 2 tells us all about the coming wrath. God told Noah all about the coming storm over 100 years before the first drop of water even fell. So, be like Noah, who built the ark before the rains began, before he had ever seen or experienced rain at all. Immerse yourself in the plans and purposes of the Lord, seek His provision and His shelter from the coming storms.
Obedience Is Trusting that God Will Ultimately Overcome Evil: Noah was righteous in a wicked generation. Why? Because Noah was a man of obedience! Like his later descendant, Abraham, Noah believed the Lord, he trusted Him, walked closely with Him, and obeyed when the Lord spoke. This is why we remember Noah as blameless and righteous.
Our righteousness is not based on what we do, it’s based on our faith in God! If we have faith in Him and in the One He sent, His righteousness will sweep over us and cover us. And as we walk faithfully with Him, grow closer to Him, and are conformed to the image of His Son, our lives, our actions, our works, our attitude, our words will bear the fruit of His righteousness. But it all begins with faith in and obedience to God.
Questions for Reflection
Quote to Remember: At the beginning of history, God saw the end of history. In a very real sense, God runs history from the future. He already stands at the destination and guides the road crew so that His highway reaches His destination. This means that when you want an explanation for some historical event, you don't just look at the past like most historians; you also look to the future.—Pastor Doug Sauder
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Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.