Noah Found Grace In The Eyes Of The Lord
By Ray Brubaker
How grieved God was in the days of Noah when he saw
men had departed from His ways. We read, "And God
saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that
every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only
evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made
man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart." (Gen.
Two words stand out in the account of Noah and the
flood - the words 'grieved' and 'grace'.
God was GRIEVED as he beheld man's sin- his disobedience,
and on account of this he sent the flood as
divine judgment upon the earth.
But we read, Noah found GRACE in the eyes of the Lord.
For Noah was 'perfect' in his generation. (Gen. 6:8-9)
If anyone of us is saved it is by grace. As the Scripture
says, 'By grace are ye saved through faith and that
not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest
any man should boast!" (Eph. 2:8-9)
Beloved, it's the grace of God - the same grace that
came to Noah that leads us to live so as to be ready for
For in Titus we read, The grace of God which bringeth
salvation teaches us that denying ungodliness and worldly
lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in
this present world. Looking for that blessed hope, and the
glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour
Jesus Christ. (Tit. 2:11-14)
Some say they can't live for God as long as they have
this body - this flesh which gets them into so much trouble.
They long to be delivered, waiting for their glorified
bodies in the next world. But this verse suggests that
we are to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this
When we suggest that we turn from hurtful lusts and
harmful practices which might endanger one's chance. of
being ready for Christ's Return some write in to suggest
we're preaching 'works for salvation' when in reality we
are preaching 'GRACE'.
The Bible says, "The grace of God which bringeth
salvation"...(that's the only kind I believe in preaching -
the kind that brings salvation!) The Bible speaks of
those in the last days who will turn the grace of God into
lascivioushess (loose living) and that's the kind I don't
believe in - that lets you live as you please and overlooks
sin! For Paul writes, "Shall we sin that grace may
abound?" He replies, GOD FORBID!
Ah, no, the grace of God which bringeth salvation
teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lust!
God doesn't want you to continue to yield to the lusts
of the flesh. You don't have to reach out for that glass of
wine, or light up that cigarette, or look with lust upon
You say, What's that got to do with salvation? The
answer is - a whole lot! For when a person is converted
he's changed, a new creature, with old things passing
away and all things becoming new.
But you say, I thought it's just a matter of believing.
Aren't we saved 'by grace'?
But get a glimpse of GRACE. See the Lord Jesus
dying on the cross for you. He didn't have to do it. See
them nail those cruel spikes through his hands and feet!
He didn't have to let them do it. He didn't have to endure
the agonizing pain of Calvary. But he did it because he
loved us, and to prove that we, too, could be set free from
any binding lust and passion and sin if we only wanted to
For a believer to persist in unrighteousness evidences
he loves his sin more than he loves Christ, and this is
idolatry. If we really want to quit our sinning the Lord
will help us.
As Paul writes elsewhere, "Ye have not resisted unto
blood striving against sin!" Like the man who kept forging
checks and wanted to quit who was willing to cut his
fingers off in order to stop it! But that's what Jesus
taught! Rather than to look with lust upon a woman, to
cut out your eye; rather than to yield arm or foot to sin,
to cut off these members of your body.
I remember in meetings in Ohio a husband who was
saved was trying to break the cigarette habit so whenever
he had a desire to light up he would slip a cough drop
into his mouth. Thinking it would take a long time to
quit, and being determined to break the habit, he stocked
up on cough drops. Well, one day he came to see me and
presented to me several cartons of cough drops, saying
that he didn't even need them anymore! The Lord had
Ah, yes, whom the Son maketh free, he shall be free
indeed. Get a glimpse of the grace of God - of Jesus
dying on the cross for you - and see those things in your
life that make you a poor testimony for Him - and the Lord
will give you overcoming grace.
Beloved, the grace of God teaches you self-denial;
to deny yourself of anything that's not like God, to deny
yourself of ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live
soberly, righteously and godly in this present world, not
To live soberly is to live temporarily in relation to
oneself. The Apostle Paul spoke of keeping the body in
subjection - under control lest one should become a
cast-away. This did not mean that he was afraid of losing
his salvation, but rather that he would meet with disapproval
in the day when he stood in the presence of the Lord.
Some believe the Apostle Paul had the Rapture in mind
for he spoke of being in doubt as to whether he might
attain the resurrection of the dead, declaring, "I press
toward the mark for the prize of the high calling (the margin
says 'upward' calling) of God in Christ Jesus.
Then Paul goes on to declare, "Let us therefore, as
many as be perfect, be thus minded!"
Now, Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, for he
was a just man and perfect in his generations, for Noah
walked with God.
Would you with Noah and Paul be found perfect at the
coming of Jesus? Should we not strive for perfection?
Should we not lay aside all that offends including those
petty weights and besetting sins that hinder us in running
the Christian race?
Indeed, the grace of God trains us as a runner is trained
to live soberly, to live discreetly, to live carefully, to live
Not only are we to live "soberly", but righteously,
and godly. To live soberly is to live in relation to ourselves;
to live righteously is to live in relation to our
fellowman; to live godly is to live in relation to God as
He would have us live.
What about this relationship to our fellowman? Are we
honest in our dealings? Like Zacchaeus when converted
have we returned the stolen merchandise and offered to
pay for what we wrongfully received? Have we sought
forgiveness from those whom we lied about, or have we
forgiven those who mistreated us?
Ah, hear me, the grace of God is far-reaching. It
teaches us to live 'righteously' with our fellowman. I'm
reminded of an outstanding personality who was converted
in a Billy Graham meeting who decided he was going to do
business with Christian people. And the first three he did
business with, all gypped him.
No wonder the world doesn't want our brand of
Christianity if it doesn't bear the stamp of' 'righteous' dealings
on it. When Jesus comes He is going to look for that stamp[
As in the book of Revelation we read that when our Lord
comes he will reward every man according to his works,
and as to whether one is righteous, holy, filthy, or unjust.
As Noah was just so may we be righteous in our
relationship with others. And as he was perfect, so may we
be found 'without spot or blemish or any such thing' at the
appearing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
For is that not what the grace of God teaches us? For
we read, "denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should
live, soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world,
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing
of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ!"
Hallelujah! Are you looking for Jesus to come?
Well, if you've caught a glimpse of the grace of God
then surely you must be looking, preparing for, and
anxiously awaiting the coming of our Blessed Lord!
Indeed, to that end we would seek to encourage you
today repeating again in closing the admonition, "Be ye
therefore ready, for in such an hour as ye think not, the
Son of man cometh."