Each day this month, we will consider key moments in God’s glorious plan to redeem us. We will understand both the overarching story of God and the highlights of all he’s done for us in Christ.
The account of Noah (Genesis 6-9) teaches us several important things about God.
- A Righteous God Will Judge Sin.
Many of us highly value justice. If imperfect people can express such passion, how much more a holy and perfect God?
“The Lord is slow to anger but great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished” (Nahum 1:3).
- When wickedness grows too great, it’s a kindness for God to stop it.
So, God sent the flood … but it was slow in coming.
- A Loving God warns and waits.
Warnings are for our own good, to protect us from harm. In 2 Peter 2:5, Peter calls Noah a “preacher of righteousness”. We don’t know how long his warnings went on, but it was probably many decades.
Peter explains, “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” (2 Peter 3:9).
- God gives everyone a chance.
God saved Noah and his family from the destructive flood not because they were righteous, but because they trusted and obeyed God.
Hebrews 11:7 says, “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he … became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.”
It’s the same today. God will judge sin, but he warns, waits, and provides a way out to all who trust and obey.
Lord God, I am so thankful that sin does not go unpunished, and that when it becomes too endemic, you act. Thank you for not treating me as my sin deserves, and for offering me forgiveness and deliverance through Jesus. Your grace is so unfathomable and wondrous! Thank you!
Throughout This Day: Thank God often that there will be an end to all wickedness and sin at the Final Judgment. Thank him for the amazing grace he offers those who pass from judgment to life by faith in Christ. Pray for people around you who have not yet experienced this eternal reprieve.
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