Taken from a message on Genesis 6-7: Noah, the ark, and the flood
Let's look at the verses that describe Noah:
Verse 8: But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
Verse 9: Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.
The keys here are:
Noah was a man of faith
Noah walked in close fellowship with God
Noah was favored by God
Noah was a man of righteousness
Noah was blameless ... not perfect, but blameless
These are markers ladies! These are keys for us to look at and consider. Faithfulness to God, and faith in God. Keys to being God's special servant.
God always has His special man: Abraham, Moses, Elijah, David, Daniel, Paul. Men who were seen and known by God. Men who were chosen by God. Men of faith.
Hebrews 11 is full of names and stories of faith. It's known as the Bible's Hall of Faith. Read it. Then read it again!
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith." (Hebrews 11:1-7)
It goes on to tell the stories of Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Samson, David, Samuel and the prophets. And it ends with these words:
"And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect."
We're part of this chapter, ladies! And I'm believing that in the most recent edition of The Hebrews Hall of Faith, my name is on the list! And your name is on the list! I believe it. Why not?
I am a woman of faith!
You're a woman of faith!
Let's show the world that we are women of faith!
It's going to get harder and darker in this world. Let's be like Noah. Let's walk with God, let's walk in righteousness, and let's be women who are found blameless ... not perfect but blameless, because our sin is covered by the blood of the Lamb.
Noah was one of God's special men, raised up to do a great work in this world. I want to be one of God's special women. Do you? I hope so. As darker days approach, we need to stand strong in our faith and walk closely with our God, so that like Noah, we can be God's special woman, brought forward in the hour of need.