I’ve made it a goal to sit down at least once a week, read one chapter of the Bible, and pull out as much as I can from it, to see what God has taught me and to find out what he’s going to teach me next.
Today, I’m reading chapter 5 of Genesis.
When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. He named him Noah and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.” –Genesis 5:18-29 (NIV84)
Chapter 5 takes us from the birth of Adam’s son Seth to the birth of Noah and then his sons, setting us up for the one of the biggest stories in the Bible.
As the hundreds and hundreds of years passed in between these two events, man began to turn their backs on God.
But even still, there was prophecy. There was hope. There was a plan. And Noah was going to be used by God to do something important.
This reminds us that God has a plan set in place for all of us, since before our birth, but if we never accept Christ, never turn our lives and wills over to God, that plan will never be used.
Had Noah followed the rest of the world and turned from God, none of us might even exist today. But God is faithful, even if only one still believes.
In Genesis 5, we find that God sets his plans into motion long before we see them unfold, and if we are faithful, God will use us to do good.