January 10, 2011

Today you should read: Genesis 7:1-24

Today’s reading is a story of God’s love and God’s justice. The God we serve is a perfect balance of both. As we read yesterday, the world had become so wicked that God had to act. His justice demanded it. Most of us would have simply annihilated humanity – but God loved us – His creation, and constructed a plan that would preserve the life He had made a few chapters earlier.

God looked for someone who was righteous – someone He could bless. He found Noah to be righteous in his generation (v.1). In other words, Noah lived right among a people that practiced the most heinous of wrong. It’s not easy to live right among wickedness. Many of us are faced with that every day of our lives at school, work, – or even at home. God looks for people He can bless – people who will obey Him (v.5) even when it’s not popular.

Micah 6:8 says it well, “o man, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Ask God today to make you a man or woman that He can bless – one that follows God and seeks Him with all your heart. God is looking for “Noahs” today, too – to use to rock the world for His glory!

Questions to Ponder…
• In what ways do I practice righteousness amidst the wickedness around me?
• In what ways have I been compromising?
• What would it look like for me to practice Micah 6:8 today – to humbly walk with God?

Posted by: Tim Parsons

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

10 thoughts on “January 10, 2011”

  1. What an example to us today. We should all strive to be a modern-day Noah, following God even when we are surrounded by wickedness and evil

  2. Tim I love that you ask the hard questions. Between yesterday and today there is a lot on my mind. Thanks for asking the tough questions and for helping us not me satisfied with a mediocre spiritual life.

  3. It is so easy for me to look at myself through my eye, rather than God’s. I cringe at the thought of how I practice righteousness amidst the wickedness around me. I think I do well, but again, that’s my point of view. God’s point of view is righteous, perfect and just.

    I want to walk humbly with God. I want to do it every day.

    Thanks for the message and comments. I am so grateful the Holy Spirit is using our church in an awesome, powerful way.

  4. Tim, Those are some tough questions. Like Tim H. I think I am doing well, but that is my perspective. I need to ask God to give me His eyes to really see. I pray that if there are area that I am compromising that He would show me. Thank you for having a heart for God and for His people!!!!

  5. Wonder why we always skip the fact that 7 of certain animals were taken into the ark? We always focus on only 2. It’s probably not that important, but I have always found that interesting. Many people don’t even realize that this was one of God’s commands to Noah.
    Like those who commented before me, I, too, am grateful for Tim’s tough questions…for challenging us to be all we can be in Christ. I pray that we all seek to be more like Christ and to show His love to others everday.

  6. These are great questions Tim — especially the second. The problem in our lives is that compromising is simply easier. I desire to take the godly road though, even if it means it’s harder and more challenging. It might mean changing priorities, losing friends, or hurting feelings, but we’re foolish to think knowing Jesus makes everything easy.

  7. I think about chapter 6 and the fact that Noah was “blameless” in God’s sight. I think about yesterday’s message and that Job was also “blameless” in God’s sight and then I also look at myself, from my own perspective and think “wow I am doing OK”. I read through today’s chapter and a single thought struck me….obedience. Everything, from the people, the animals, and the weather were completely obedient to God. Am I being obedient to everything that the Lord has asked me to do? Am I doing it the way he has asked me to do it? When I really search my heart and look at where I have been compromising and where I have been practising righteousness in this world I fall far short of being blameless. In these moments I am so grateful for Christ and the fact that he stands in my place because I am so imperfect.

  8. Hey Joan, I’m a couple of days behind going through this, but I believe the reason he was told to bring 7 of the clean animals was for sacrifices and perhaps for food as well. I’ve had that question before and that’s what I read about it.

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