Today in Genesis, Noah enters the picture. He is a ray of hope in a time where “…the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” The state of the human society of Noah’s day was so depraved that “…the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” It gave pause to consider scrapping creation, but “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”
Was Noah aware that he had found favor with God? Probably not. He lived his life and did what was right, even though those around him were not living lives pleasing to God. In a way, his upright living gave a way for humanity to survive. The next we find ourselves standing against the current because of our moral convictions and faith, let us consider that if we do not stand up for what is right, who will? Will the world be lost like it almost was in the time of Noah?