Monday, January 19, 2015

Devotion on Genesis 7 - "You and Your Family"

In Genesis 7:1, God tells Noah to take his whole family with him into the ark. This includes his wife, his three sons, and his sons' wives. All of them are to be saved in the ark. Why?

"Because I have found YOU righteous in this generation," God explains. 

Now, that "you" is not plural. God isn't saying that He's found Noah and his whole family to be righteous. He's saying that He's found Noah to be righteous. That's it.

The truth is that we don't know the spiritual state of Noah's wife or his sons or his sons' wives. Were they like Noah, or were they like the rest of people in Noah's day whose "first inclination of their heart was only evil all the time"?

Let me ask you this: What's the spiritual state of your family? Are they all Christians?

No doubt that Noah had a profound impact on his wife and his sons. As a righteous man, he probably would have done his best to find a righteous woman to marry. He would have done his best to raise righteous children and help them choose righteous women as well.

In the same way, you can have great influence over your family. Your faith and leadership can help guide them closer and closer to Christ.

If your family members aren't Christian yet, Noah's family may not have been following God at this point either. Maybe God saved them from the Flood because He knew the influence that Noah would continue to have on them. Maybe God hoped and knew that they would one day follow Him as their father did.

If some of your family members aren't yet following Christ, continue to have that same hope. Keep being righteous in your generation and let your faith continue to influence them, just as Noah's did in his family.

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