Finding Favor

“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” - Genesis 6:8 NIV

The room was quiet. 

Not too quiet. 

Just quiet enough for Noah to hear his thoughts.  

It was going to be another long day.

Another day of sweat.

Another day of sun-up to sun-down labor.

And another day of listening to others mock him.

For the past 5,018 days Noah had been working on the same project.

It would be another 5,018 before he would even be halfway finished.

The Voice that had told him to begin the project was now a distant memory.

It had been nearly 14 years since he’d heard a quiet whisper say, “Get to building."

At first he brushed it off.

But the Voice kept calling.

“Get to building”.

So Noah built.

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What does it mean to find favor in someone’s eyes?

I look favorably on my children.

I have a positive disposition towards my wife.

I just returned from vacation and I look favorably on the time spent with family and friends.

What does it mean to fall out of favor with someone?

I've had friends I’m no longer friends with because we’ve fallen out of favor with each other.

I’ve had co-workers fall from grace and into disgrace.

I’ve fallen out of favor with others because of things I’ve said and actions I’ve taken.

It seems that favor is related to behavior.

What was it about Noah’s behavior that caused him to find favor with God?

When everyone around him was seeking to do evil all the time, Noah was doing just the opposite.

Noah was seeking to do good.

Noah was different.

Noah was dedicated.

Noah was determined.

Imagine being willing to obediently invest 55-70 years of your life building a boat to save the world.

That’s a man committed to doing good.

How long are you willing to work hard before you see the impact of your efforts?

I think part of finding favor is having an attitude of perseverance.

A willingness to keep doing the right thing even when everyone else around you refuses to.

I think part of finding favor is working hard.

A dedication to doing good even when the results are slow in coming.

I think part of finding favor with God is refusing to seek the favor of others.

A resolve to focus on One Voice and a willingness to drown out all the others.

Think back over your past week, have you been seeking to find favor with others or with God?

In the decisions you’ve made?

In the words you’ve said?

In the places you’ve went (or not went)?

In the things you’ve posted on social media?

Let’s just get down to it.

Too often I care more about how many ‘likes’ my recent post received, more than I care about receiving God’s approval on my day?

How about you?

At the end of today, pause for 2 minutes to consider, “Who’s favor did I seek today?"