|Not alone, even in this country!|
Yesterday I was reading Genesis 6 about Noah. Like many people I know, the story of Noah is very familiar. However, as I read yesterday, I was struck again by how Noah was described. In verse 9 of chapter 6 it says:
"This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God." (NLT)
The only person! Not just in his town or his state or his country, but on the earth at the time! Oh, my pity parties suddenly sound very hollow!
The next part is what cut to my heart yesterday, "he walked in close fellowship with God." Okay, I have to admit, I did not like reading that one bit. Times when I drift, when I am not so close to God, when I don't take my relationship with the Almighty seriously enough, in those times, I like to blame lack of accountability. I like to think that if there was someone who was keeping me accountable, then I would not wander or drift.
And, then, wham! I see that Noah was alone in his faith-on the earth!-and he walked in close fellowship with God.
Excuse #389 shot down!
Oh, Lord, thank you for reminding me that it can be done. There is nothing wrong with accountability, in fact, it is a good thing. However, I cannot blame other people for my own wandering heart. It is possible to walk closely with You, even if there is no one else around who does. Change my heart, oh God!