“So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:7-8 NIV
Favor: an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual. I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to have favor, I want it from God!
Our foundational scripture shows us two very important things:
- We should aspire to gain favor in the eyes of God. If you read Noah’s story, the Bible describes him as a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and faithful to God. The world was corrupt and wicked, but Noah remained loyal to God. Can you say the same? Our world today sounds a lot like Noah’s. Would God say you are faithful or are you a part of the crowd?
- We must strive for Godly attachments. The Bible says Noah found favor. It doesn’t mention that his family did. However, because they were attached to Noah, God saved them too. Did you know that you just need to be near the favor to be blessed? Note to singles: don’t just look at the person’s attributes, check their attachments! The men who allowed Jonah on their boat almost died from the storm God sent to stop him. Meanwhile, Noah’s family was spared from the flood because of his favor with God. Maybe instead of praying for a Boaz, you need to pray for a Noah!
Favor comes from obedience, loyalty, and living a life sold out for God. You can’t sit on the fence. How does the Bible say God feels about the lukewarm? It says He’ll spew you out of His mouth! Now is the time to make a decision. Our world is going in the wrong direction. Who will stand out for God? Who will be found faithful to Him? His ways aren’t always easy. It takes time to mature in faith. To trust Him. To clean up your life in a way that’s pleasing to Him. But it’s necessary if we’re going to advance the Kingdom.
Will you find favor in the eyes of God?