As we read in Genesis 6 and 7, God saved Noah from the Flood because he was living righteously. No one had anything against him that they could blame him for and he walked faithfully with God (Genesis 6:9). He had submitted his life to God's Lordship over his life, both internally and with his dealings with others, and was rewarded for it. He was saved from the Flood.
In the same way, if we live under the
Lordship of Christ and submit our lives to Him, we will be saved. God
will count us as righteous in our generation, just as He did Noah in
But after Noah was found to be righteous, God
continued to give him instructions, and Noah continued to submit. When
God told him to build the ark to the exact measurements God prescribed
and to take the animals with him, the Scripture says that Noah did all
that the Lord commanded him to do (7:5).
So it is in the
Christian life. God will give us instructions, reward us, and then give
us more instructions. We are never finished submitting our life to God,
and God is never finished rewarding us for our faithful service. It's a
continual cycle of service and reward.
But remember that
the reward may be far richer than mere riches. Noah's reward was
salvation and the knowledge that He had found favor with God. Though
tragic to see such destruction and death that the Flood brought, think
of how spiritually assured he must have felt to receive such a mission
and such a salvation as his. Do you feel that same kind of spiritual
assurance? Do you feel in your spirit that God has saved you and counts
you as righteous?
Have you submitted your life to
Christ's Lordship? How has He rewarded you in the past? How is He
continuing to bless your life now both spiritually and perhaps
materially? What new instructions for service is He giving you today?