The Quest for Holiness
This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. -Genesis 6:9-10
Noah lived righteousness. He lived and breathed righteousness. It was a lifestyle choice. Interestingly, even in a time such as his where wickedness was the rule, (sounds a lot like our times) even as a preacher of righteousness and a preacher of coming judgment; the people considered him blameless. How did he achieve such balance? Our world loves to tear down the righteous man. They look for the opportunity to expose him and destroy his reputation. Much like they did with Daniel. Yet Noah preached condemnation and called for repentance. He longed for the people to turn to God, and even though they refused, they saw him as blameless. This is significant. Certainly the people of his time could sense their own guilt and wanted to lash out at anyone who might defy the spirit of their age. Noah’s heart was bent to obedience to the will of God through any trials or difficulties. Often we use our difficulties as excuses to sin. Noah would never have done this. He was not heartless when he saved only his family. The people lost in the flood were extended family, friends and neighbors. He was simply obedient.
A righteous man will allow the penalty of sin to rest on those who do evil. He did warn, he did plead with them to turn. Yet when the time came the judgment came and Noah did not save the masses. We cannot save others. He tried, they simply rejected God. My generation, my people today also reject God. Do I do enough to get others to consider a life of righteousness, a life of holiness?