The big question that I have been pondering today after reading about Noah is this. What does it mean to have favour with God and be blameless? This is how God viewed Noah in Genesis 6:8 “But Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord.” By this time God was really fed up with the heart and sin of the human race and wanted to wipe them totally off the face of the earth, except Noah. What did he have that no one else had? Genesis 6:9 says “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time and he walked faithfully with God.”
How do we need to live our lives to find favour with God?
What does it mean to live a blameless life?
How do we walk faithfully with God?
It all comes down to Outrageous Obedience. To find favour, live a blameless life and walk faithfully with God, the one thing Noah had to do was be obedient to God.
Genesis 6:22 “Noah did EVERYTHING just as God commanded.”
Genesis 7:5 “And Noah did ALL that the Lord commanded him.”
The point is that there are no half measures with God. It’s all or nothing. We can’t sit on the fence, dip our toes in the water when we feel like it. Lukewarmness is not an option with God. Noah did EVERYTHING and ALL that the Lord commanded him.
Now I don’t know about you but if I showed half of the obedience that Noah did, wouldn’t that be something. This is where the bible transforms individual hearts and communities. Without the challenges that people like Noah show us, we would remain stuck in our old lives. The fullness of Christ comes from this Outrageous Obedience.
Once Noah followed God’s commands, by building the Ark and helping his family, did he then receive outward blessings from God. Genesis 9:1 “Then God blessed Noah and his sons, (Interestingly not the ladies, but I won’t go there) saying, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.”
Blessings and favour follow Obedience
We too need to show this outrageous obedience to God, over every other facet of our life. What do you need to do in your life to get hold of this obedience?
The following is five reasons why we need to live a life of Outrageous Obedience
- Outrageous Obedience means we are carrying out God’s will
- Outrageous Obedience destroys Sin
- Outrageous Obedience leads to a closer relationship with God
- Outrageous Obedience shows our true love to God and his people
- Outrageous Obedience shows we care for the world