When God Speaks – Part 5

In Genesis 6, the Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” (Gen. 6: 5-7)

But, Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord (vs. 8).

From the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden, through the envy in the heart of Cain, to a generation filled with wickedness and evil, we see the downward spiral  of humankind. The Lord regretted that he made human beings, for they were disregarding His original intention for them. God’s grief had grown so deep he was preparing for mass annihilation of the human race he had created…but Noah…but (key word in the Scriptures!) Noah (great man of God)!

Noah: was a man who had found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Why? Because he was a righteous man, blameless among the evil people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God (vs. 9).

Imagine those words on your tombstone: Righteous. Blameless. Faithful. Favored.

When God speaks in this pericope he is both filled with anguish about the sinfulness of mankind, and yet delighted with righteousness in the heart of one faithful man.  And Noah was that one faithful man.

Consider those words for yourself. Righteous. Blameless. Faithful. Favored. Are these words that you hope are descriptive of your life? If so, then lean into and pray about how these words can become descriptions of your heart and life even today. What will you embrace, release or pray toward as you contemplate these God-fearing attributes?

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Steve Macchia

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The Rev. Dr. Stephen A. Macchia is founder and president of Leadership Transformations, Inc. (LTI), a ministry serving the spiritual formation, discernment, and renewal of leaders and learners since 2003. For more than 20 years he has been the Director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Doctor of Ministry Program. From 1989-2003 he was the president of Vision New England, the largest regional church renewal association in the country. Earlier in his ministry life, Steve was a member of the pastoral staff of Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts for 11 years. He is the author or co-author of 17 books, including The Discerning Life (Zondervan Reflective), and Crafting a Rule of Life, Becoming A Healthy Church (LTI), and Broken and Whole (IVP).  He and his wife Ruth live in the Boston (MA) area and are the proud parents of two married children and grandparents to three adorable grandchildren. Steve’s personal website is www.SteveMacchia.com.

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Mitzi started her professional life as a high school social studies teacher. She and her husband Jerry then served cross-culturally for ten+ years, living abroad first in India and then Kurdistan, N. Iraq. In addition to being a Spiritual Director, she now serves as a Formation and Care pastor in her local church in Houston, TX. She has graduated from LTI’s Selah Spiritual Direction training as well as LTI’s Emmaus Formational Leadership Program.

Mitzi enjoys engaging conversation, reading fiction, doing jigsaw/crossword puzzles, ocean gazing and exploring the world with Jerry through food and travel.

God has two main callings in Mitzi’s life: to care for those who care for others and to be a guide in helping others have a healthy relationship with the Trinity – recognizing God’s loving presence and activity in their lives and how to faithfully respond.

Selah was a transformative experience for me – allowing the contemplative within to emerge and to beautifully co-exist with my extraverted personality.