In Genesis 6 is the record of Noah’s work before the flood. Noah’s life showed diligence in many areas, just like our lives must show diligence in many areas.
We are not told anything about him previous to the record in Genesis, but there are some things we can know by implication. Verse 8 says that Noah found “grace” in the eyes of the Lord. God’s grace couples His mercy with His favor. So we know that Noah was diligent in faith because faith has always been the requirement to give man access to God’s favor (Rom. 5:1-3).
We also know that Noah was diligent in listening to God. Two things stand out here. Noah’s immediate and continuous work to build the ark (diligence) and the fact that faith comes by hearing the word of God. We know that Noah followed what God said because Gen. 7:1 says that God found Noah righteous before him. The record also says that Noah “walked with God” in Gen. 6:9. Each of these characteristics above depict the character of diligence.
But the depth of Noah’s diligence in impressed upon us in the actual building of the ark. He may have worked at it for 120 years depending on whether or not there is a big time gap between Genesis 6:3 and 6:13. One of the primary parts of diligence before God is doing exactly what God says. I am relatively certain there were more details to the instructions Noah received as you have probably considered yourself. We can properly assume that Noah followed every instruction to the letter just as he did those which are revealed to us.
Brothers and sisters, wouldn’t it be great if our own diligence would bring the above description of our life.
- Found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
- Just before God
- Walked with God
- Did according to all that God commanded
- Righteous before God.
Let’s keep on keeping on.