Genesis 6:1-8 – “Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. 3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. 5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 And the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.” NASB
A key to understanding is the declaration in the last verse, “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.” That is powerful beyond words. Almost everyone wants to be a success, or at least, they are interested in knowing how to get on the road to success. The criteria for success differs with different people. Success can be defined in a thousand different ways with a thousand different people. For some it is money, for others it is power, there are those who see it as position or fame and the list goes on.
The success story found in our text is an incredible success. Noah was a righteous man living in the midst of a people so evil and corrupt that God said that He regretted making man. That is descriptive of the depth of depravity man had descended. In verse 8 we read that Noah found Grace of Favor in the eyes of the LORD. That is contrasted to the disfavor of the rest of humanity. One man stands alone in exhibiting righteousness when everything around him is plunging deeper into the darkness.
Mankind had become so corrupt that God could not stand his own creation. God vowed to destroy man from the earth and yet amid that stench in the nostrils of God, there was a sweet aroma of righteousness in Noah. My question immediately becomes, what was the Secret of Noah’s Success? What was it about Noah that pleased God, and can we achieve and attain that status today?
NOAH OBTAINED GOD’S PLAN – – (Genesis 6:13-21)
In verse 13 God told Noah that the end of all flesh had come before Him and in verse 14 He gave Noah the plan for the preservation of humanity through one family. He gave him the plans for the Ark of Safety and the Ark of Life.
There can be no success without a plan. Success rarely happens by chance. That is especially true in the things of God. God has a plan and gives man that plan and it is incumbent upon man to follow that plan. Psalms 127:1 gives a wonderful truth to be remembered in our walk. “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it…” I have often been reminded and reminded others that either way the house is built but one way is successful and the other is in vain.
Years ago, I read about the Great Clock at the Strasbourg Cathedral in France. In addition to the regular features, it has a combination of moons and planets moving through the days and months with the accuracy of the heavenly bodies. It was built in the 14th Century but this clock could not exist without a plan.
The beauty of God’s Plan is that it is totally fool-proof. Noah realized that God had all in His control and was faithful. He maintained his relationship with God even in the face of difficult circumstances and his faithfulness resulted in God’s favor and the revelation of God’s Plan. That plan led to his success and our survival as a race!
I have only begun to lay this simple foundation for the Secret of Success and will address a bit more in the next devotional. Until then, may the LORD be with you and guide your footsteps and life.
Blessings abundant as you enjoy this day in Him!