Learning from Noah – part 2

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This is part two of a series of lessons from the life of Noah.  We learned last week that the global flood was not man’s greatest emergency.  The greatest crisis of man was sin, and sin continues to threaten us today.  Sin literally means to miss the mark, and every one of us is guilty.  All have strayed from the mark of holiness (Romans 3:23).  This brings us to lesson number two from the life of Noah.  God is just.

I enjoy asking groups of people to finish this sentence, “God is…”  So many correct words come to mind.  God is kind, loving, generous, healer, provider, gentle, strong, father, savior, gracious, merciful, and so much more.  Interestingly, most people rapidly identify the “nice” character traits of God.  It is rare to hear someone declare, “God is just,” but He is.  God is holy and righteous, and God is just.  God does deal with sin.

My heart breaks when I see people reaping the consequences of sin and then shake their fists at God and proclaim, “That’s not fair.”  Others disregard God altogether saying, “How could a loving God allow pain and suffering?”  I weep over their pain, but I mourn over their misunderstanding.  Believe me.  You do not want fair.  If God were fair, we would all be found guilty of our sin and sentenced immediately to hell.  The worldwide flood of Noah was perfectly fair.  Genesis 6:5 says, “The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

We are tempted to think God owes us something.  Indeed, God does owe us something.  He owes us a swift and eternal punishment for our sin.  Somebody has to pay that price.  In love, Christ paid our debt on the cross.  He had no sin debt of His own, so He could afford to pay for ours with His life.  You see, God is just, but He is also merciful.

I pray that each of us will respond.  Respond to our own sin with regret.  Respond to God’s justice with fear.  Respond to God’s grace with humble gratitude.  Respond to God’s love with our own.  The people of Noah’s day missed the mark.  All were excluded from the ark except those who looked to God.  Let us look to God as well, that we might be saved.

Psalm 9:7-8 – But the LORD sits enthroned forever; He has established his throne for justice, and He judges the world with righteousness; He judges the peoples with uprightness.