Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. Genesis 6:9 (NIV)
In order to understand the impact of this verse from Genesis, I tried substituting my name in place of the name of Noah. Giving it the proper gender needs, it becomes “Karen is a righteous woman, blameless among the people of her time, and she walks with God.” Wow! Even the thought of that does something to my heart that reminds me I want to try harder and to do more to please God. Try it! It will give you a pretty amazing perspective on this passage and make the words come alive.
Doing that exercise literally puts me in awe of Noah and what an incredible man he must have been. Imagine being one of the only people God considered as righteous, one worthy of walking with Him. Personally, I’m grateful for Jesus who is the one reason that I can even read the sentence above with my name in it. Because of His love, I can walk with God. I’ve got a long ways to go before I can claim to be righteous, but thankfully my blunders have been covered by grace. It’s actually interesting to me to note how many mistakes I’ve made in a few short decades, and Noah lived to be 950 years old. I can only imagine what havoc I could wreak on the world in that length of time.
On the other hand, perhaps this reminder helps me to see the potential good I can do, the example I can set, and the walk I can have with God, if I choose to do so with great heart and intention. Regardless of the number of days we live on the pathways of earth, our challenge is to walk with God.
Let’s walk with each other today, letting God lead us to places where we can shine His light. Taking that little liberty of substituting my name for Noah’s sure helps me want to do better. I may not build a boat, but I’m attached to the One anchor.