While I think on all the amazing people God has ministered to and used throughout the course of history, I am reminded of one in particular that stands out.
A man, though imperfect, who was defined by a special kind of relationship with His Creator. A man whose name is Noah, who is known for building an ark.
What we seldom remember is how crazy he would appear to be – to his fellow neighbors. They hadn’t heard of rain or knew their need for God. The world he lived in, isn’t much different from our own. Humanity engulfed in sin. Refusing to know God. Refusing to turn from their wicked ways.
Noah stood apart… as he knew God. He knew and experienced the heart of God. He had a family that were set apart, and experienced God in their lives. It began with Enoch and continued with Noah… walking in fellowship with their Creator.
The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. (Gen. 6:5-6)
Humanity grieved the heart of our Creator. When we choose things of this world, and sin, instead of God, we must know that it grieves the God of the Universe. One thing stopped God from wiping out all of humanity (due to their wickedness): God had a special relationship with a God-fearing man whose name was Noah. Noah is a descendant of Enoch who is known for his fellowship with God.
Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more,
because God took him away. (Gen. 5:24)
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. (Gen.6:8)
God had a special relationship with these men, though perhaps labeled as merely outcasts. They were set apart, because of the relationship they had with the God of the Universe. Through faith, Noah remained obedient to the word God spoke to him concerning the flood that would come. Though others missed this truth, he continued to speak and respond in faith to God’s mission for him.
- Who do you allow to define you as an outcast?
- Are you allowing your relationship with God through His Son Jesus to be your defining characteristic?
- Do we respond in faith and obedience to God’s will for our lives?
See Hebrews 11:7