THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
Q. Who was the Bible's first financial wizard?
A. Noah. He floated his stock when the rest of the world was in liquidation.
5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually
6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7 And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.
8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
One can see, in verse 5, that mankind permeated himself with evil.
Even today the greatest sin is "self-idolatry."
But one man found "grace" in God's sight. What exactly is grace? Grace has been defined as "unmerited favor," or "undeserved kindness." Another description of grace is:
WHY? Why did Noah find grace in God's sight? Perhaps part of the answer is at the end of verse 9, "...Noah walked with God."
One man, Enoch, "walked with God," and escaped the pain and misery of death (Genesis 5:24). But this man, Noah, "walked with God," and experienced hard work, great suffering, heartache, and even death.
Again, we might ask WHY? Why did God treat these two men differently?
Yes, part of the answer lies in walking with God. But another part of the answer lies in WHO God is.
He is God: Creator, Sustainer, Determiner, Savior, and Eternal Judge. God is love, compassion, mercy and grace.
But God also has a PLAN.
When you're experiencing sorrow and pain, remember
"God is too wise to be mistaken,
Too good to be unkind,
So when you can't feel His hand,
When you can't see His plan,
Trust His heart!"
Walk with God. Experience grace within the sorrow and through the pain.