This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God. Noah was the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt. So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth! “Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior. Make the boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. Leave an 18-inch opening below the roof all the way around the boat. Put the door on the side, and build three decks inside the boat-lower, middle, and upper. “Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat-you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring a pair of every kind of animal —a male and female— into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood. Pairs of every kind of bird, and every kind of animal, and every kind of small animal that scurries along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. And be sure to take on board enough food for your family and for all the animals.” So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.


God decided to put an end to the earth and everything living in it. Noah, being in close fellowship with God was able to hear what God had decided, and listen to the instructions God had given him.  Because of Noah’s obedience to what God commanded him to do, he and his family were saved.  What stands out to me in these verses is that when you are in close fellowship with God and obedient to His words you receive protection from His wrath.


In what areas of my life does God see corruption? Am I in close fellowship with Him to hear his commands, and am I being obedient to His words? I ask God to reveal to me any areas in my life that have become corrupted and destroy those areas so that my life is more pleasing to Him.


Lord, show me what parts of my life are in need of your demolition and reconstruction. I ask that when you speak, I am able to hear you clearly and be obedient the first time to what you say. Cover me, and my family with your everlasting grace and mercy as we come in closer fellowship with you. In Jesus name, Amen!

Bruce Powell, White Oak Campus