Faithfulness always holds hands with obedience. We could say faithfulness is our noun and obedience is our action verb giving faithfulness it’s life. I am beginning a study on covenant, and the thread I am finding in covenant is faithfulness expressed in obedience (action).
In Noah’s day, the Father’s heart broke at the sight of his beloved creation who chose wickedness over relationship with Him. I sometimes wonder what it was like for the Father to sort through the myriad of people who’s hearts were so evil. It’s heartbreaking to think that only a few hundred years after God created man that “every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” (Genesis 6:5)
The very next verse in Genesis 6:6 states “The Lord regretted that He had made the human beings on the earth and His heart was deeply troubled.”
I can only imagine the “deeply troubled” heartache and pain of our Holy Lord who loves His creation but was unable to lavish that love upon them because He was rejected by the evil man chose to fill his heart up with. No one was faithful, except one. Only one.
There was only one whom God could express His faithfulness to because only one would receive God’s expressed faithfulness. God is faithful and we choose to receive his blessings or reject them.
But, the Lord can work with one.
Why do you think the Lord bothered to even search for even one? He could have completely started over. It’s because He loves, He cares about the one. It’s who God is, He is faithful, and He was faithful to the one. The Lord has made His creation to partner with Him, that is why He searched for at least one. When we are faithful to God, His plans for us result in powerful blessings. That is the principle of how God made us and we see the fulfilling blessings of being faithful or the downfall of unfaithfulness throughout scripture.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. Genesis 6:9
What did Noah’s faithfulness look like? It looked like a man who refused to take part in the wickedness his day. It looked like a man who sought the Lord God and chose His ways. It looked like a man who refused to listen to intense peer pressure. Genesis 6:22 “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” The faithfulness of Noah expressed itself in building an ark made to the exact plans that God designed. And from that faithfulness came covenant. The universal convenant that God declared to Noah before the flood and with all creation.
What a faithful God we have! He made a covenant to a man (Noah) and his family and all creation not to destroy the earth with a flood again. And this was right after all the inclination of people’s hearts were evil all the time. God knew He had to give Noah a clean slate to begin again, hence, the flood, but He had no guarantees Noah would remain faithful to Him. Yet, God still made a covenant. God’s faithfulness was expressed in declaring His covenant to all creation.
When we say, “I have faith in God,” then we should be able to see that faith. Yes, faith is visible. It is certain. It hears God, it loves God, it desires God and it expresses it’s love for God. Hebrews 11:1 “Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Noah heard God speak to him about the ark, and in his assurance of the rains that he did not yet see, Noah built the ark.
Our faithfulness to God will affect not only our own life but the lives of everyone around us. Are we faithful to Him? If so, how is that faithfulness expressed? What does it look like?
Ask these questions to yourself and to God, because in the end, we all want to hear: “Well done good and faithful servant…”