The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on earth, and his heart was filled with pain. Genesis 6:5-6
I wonder if our society today is any different than before the flood. . . better? worse? Every inclination of the thoughts of man's heart was only evil all the time! Man's sin was so great that the LORD wiped out human kind except for Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. Genesis 6:9
I love this verse because Noah "walked" with God. He didn't just know God; He had a relationship with Him. And God called him "righteous". Righteous means to act in accord with divine or moral law.
The LORD then said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation." Genesis 7:1
This is my prayer: to be found righteous in this generation. In the midst of our day and times, to live a life that glorifies God, and to "walk" with Him. Not so I can be picked first to hop aboard the "ark" - but to please my Father in heaven by Whom and for Whom I was created!
Noah wasn't perfect. And he wasn't without sin. But I think that when sin desired to have him, more times than not, he conquered it. And the only way I can conquer sin and attempt to live a righteous life is by "walking" with God.
"Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures as I have done. Genesis 8:21