Learning from those who have come before us is an encouraging venture. There are so many characters in Scripture, many who stand out in our minds as ‘superheroes’ for one reason or the other. Yet despite their amazing achievements, often it is their weaknesses, their struggles, which resonate with us and set an example for us to learn from. These exceptional characters provide ‘superhero’ moments, as well as more ‘human’ moments, which, taken together with the way God uses them, can strengthen our faith and trust in God.
Today we begin a new series, Exceptional Bible Characters, with Karen Mudge. Karen is a writer for Eternity News and works in Bible Society
Reflection: What stands out about Noah? The popular (and bizarre) facts of the story are what often stays with us: the huge boat, the pairs of animals, the devastating flood. Yet in these verses, it is Noah’s character that is taken note of. The verse immediately preceding this passage tells us that, “Noah found
favour in the eyes of the Lord.” The context is the wickedness of all other people, and God’s regret that he had made mankind. Yet Noah stands out from all the others. He is righteous. He is blameless among the people of his time. He walks faithfully with God. These characteristics reveal themselves as the story unfolds. Noah does everything just as God commands him, without question. He stands out from the people of his time as leading an exemplary life. And he has a vibrant and intimate relationship with God. Noah is an example of a life of faith (see Hebrews 11:6-7).
Question: From Noah’s life and character, how are
you challenged? How can we live in greater obedience to God, have lives that stand out as exemplary, and ‘walk with God’ in a relationship that is reverent and worshipful?
Prayer: Dear Father God, thank you for Noah and the example he gives us of an obedient, faith-filled and blameless life, amidst great challenges. Thank you for your grace in saving Noah and his family, and your grace in saving us through Jesus. Please help us to walk with you in the same way that Noah did. Amen.
We are reading the Bible with Karen Mudge until 10th February.