January 11

Genesis 6:8-9 (NIV) 8But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. 9This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.

In that world filled with violence, where man had corrupted all their ways, there was one man who dared to be different. Noah did not go with the flow of the world around him. He found favor (KJV 'grace') in the eyes of God. How could he do that? Just as Abel before him, he looked to the promise of a Deliverer and by faith believed that God would provide a way for him to be right with God. He leaned on the grace of God and not his own good works. The author of Hebrews tells us Noah "became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith." That is the reason he could be considered righteous. That trust in God was translated into a lifestyle of obedience to God.

Then we have that wonderful expression that says, "he walked with God." Adam had walked with God in the Garden of Eden. Enoch, Noah's great-grandfather, walked with God and was translated into heaven. And now, this man Noah, had found a way, by grace, back into the wonder of living communion with God. Because he walked with God, he was blameless among the people. This is the call of God to everyone, to walk with Him, to live in communion with Him. When we do that, we get God's perspective on our situations and choices. We walk by faith and not by sight. We have a sense of reality that the world around us does not have. The product of living in that heavenly perspective is a life blameless among the people of our time.

Consider: Are you walking with God? It begins by finding grace through what Jesus did for you. It continues with daily communion with Him. Genesis 6:22 (NIV) Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

January 11

Habakkuk 1:13 (NIV) 13Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?

2:3-4 (NIV) 3For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. 4"See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright– but the righteous will live by his faith...

The prophet Habakkuk listed his complaints before God. He argued from his knowledge of the glorious attributes of God. It is not as though we are convincing God to be of the character we know Him to be; we are assuring ourselves. We are encouraging our faith when we recall who He is.

In this passage, Habakkuk reminds himself of God's holiness. If evil men are devouring those more righteous than themselves, surely God will bring judgment in His perfect time. We may know what God will do, and yet not know the time in which He deems best to act. He may show us clearly in a revelation or in His Word what will come, yet we do not know the day or hour. Many prophets died before their prophecies were fulfilled. God has an appointed time for all things. His timing is unquestionably perfect.

Habakkuk knew God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. He also knew that what is required of the righteous is to live by their faith. That means to go on believing in the character of God regardless of the present conditions or circumstances. This verse is quoted three times in the New Testament. (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38) Live by your faith!

Meditation: Know that God is unchanging and will always be true to His perfect attributes. He will show Himself just, holy, and faithful in His perfect time.