..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Devotions From the Heart: Finding Favor

by Derek Gitsham

"Noah found grace in the eyes of the
Lord." Genesis 6:8

The Hebrew word grace can be translated
“favor”, as can in the New Testament Greek word
for grace. ‘By grace we are saved’ (Ephesians 2:5).
Noah finding grace in the eyes of the Lord is
not an accidental thing, it was the result of
something that was going on in Noah’s life.

Genesis 6:9 says, ‘Noah was a just man, and
perfect in his generations, and Noah walked
with God.’ Noah was obviously special noted
in the eyes of the God. God saw this man,
he stood out. II Chronicles 16:9 tells us
that the ‘eyes of the Lord run to and fro
throughout the whole earth, to show Himself
strong in the behalf of them whose heart is
perfect towards him.’ Rightly translated
this means “a heart that is right with God.”

God saw Noah standing out, now was the
opportunity for God to show him favor. His
life was exemplary. Now God was going to
include him in a work that was going to save
his family from the worse flood the world has
ever seen or known. Hebrews 11:7 tells us
'by faith Noah, being warned of God of things
not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an
ark to the saving of his house; by which he
condemned the world and became heir of the
righteousness which is by faith.'

Building the ark by faith simply means God
built it. Noah did it but God did it through him.
By showing Noah favour, Noah saved his family.
God shows a man favour that he might be used by
God to the saving of men. If He is smiling upon
your life now, and showing you favor and blessing
you in special ways, it is for others not to be
consumed upon yourself.

Paul says in Ephesians 2:7. ‘that in the ages
to come He might show the exceeding riches of
His grace in His kindness towards us in Christ
Jesus.’ Favor is what Paul is referring to here.
That throughout our days God wants to show us His
continual favour, having shown us His favour in
saving us. He now writes to show us the
exceeding riches of His favour in His kindness
towards us in Christ Jesus.

Oh beloved, let us walk as Noah, living to
please Him, that He might place His favour upon us,
and tell us He is well pleased.

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