There are accounts of personal encounters with God sprinkled throughout the Bible. This week we will spend time looking at some of those accounts and exploring how God spoke to ordinary people – like you and me.
vs9 This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.
In Genesis chapter 6, we find the earth so filled with evil and wickedness that God’s heart is broken. His creation has turned their back on Him and He is sorry he even created them. …Let’s pause right there for a minute. Woah! That’s bad! Humans broke the heart of a perfect and loving God. That’s the backdrop for where we find Noah. Only Noah – in all creation – is found to be righteous. So God speaks to Noah and makes him a part of His plans that will change the world.
We could talk about the boat and the animals and the incredible events that would happen as a result of Noah listening to God’s voice. But what I find most astonishing is where we began today. There was not a single person on earth who wasn’t evil, except Noah. Everyone else was rotten to the core. We’re told that Noah was blameless, living a morally right and virtuous life amidst all of the chaos of a totally corrupt world. How does that happen? How does one man and his family separate themselves from the noise of a world spinning out of control, so that they can clearly hear the voice and direction of God? I don’t think it’s hard for us to understand just how difficult that can be. We live in a fast paced world with enough evil of its own, creating so much noise that it is hard to think sometimes. Noah’s experience in life might be sort of like our own at times.
But I think the answer to how Noah was able to hear God so clearly is the same for us. We find it tucked into the last phrase of verse 9: “And he walked in close fellowship with God.” Noah stayed close to God. He was intentional about seeking God out and spending time with Him. When God’s voice is the one you seek out the most, it stands to reason that it will also be the one you hear the most clearly. The voice that keeps you on a righteous path in a rough world.