The Days of Noah
I want to talk about the days of Noah and how they can relate to America today. We live in a time when our country faces many struggles — from racial inequality to political division. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed and hopeless, but as we look at the Scriptures before us, we can find comfort and strength through faith in God’s grace.
Let's turn to Genesis 6:5-8 which tells of the great flood God sent during Noah's time on earth. “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intention of his heart was only evil continually...and the Lord said, ‘I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man, and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens.’” This passage shows us that God saw how wicked people had become in Noah's time, just as He sees all evil today.
But even in times of great wickedness, God has the plan to save us — through faith in His Grace. In Hebrews 11:7, we are told that “God warned Noah concerning what was not yet seen...and he constructed an ark for the saving of his household.” Here we can see that Noah continued to put his faith into action despite knowing about the coming judgment. He trusted in God's Grace and did what was needed to protect himself and his family.
We can draw parallels between Noah's faith and ours today. Just as Noah had hope in God's Grace during a time of great wickedness, we too should have faith that God will save us from the darkness around us. We can find strength by leaning on His grace — trusting He will lead us out of the trials we face today.
This is why standing firm in our faith is so important, even during difficult times. Romans 5:1-2 tells us, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ...and not only this but we also glory in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance.”
Like Noah, we must use our faith as a shield against all the wickedness around us. We must hold firm to Grace and never give up hope — even when times seem bleak. Instead, we must take comfort in God's promises, knowing that He will protect and guide us through any storm.
Now I'd like to call on anyone struggling with their faith during these difficult times to come forward and be prayed with. If you feel overwhelmed or hopeless, please come forward so we can pray together and talk about how God's Grace can carry us through any storm.
Dear Lord, thank you for being here with us through all of our storms — both literal and figurative. Please help us to have Faith in Your Grace no matter how dark the days may seem. Comfort those struggling and lead them to You so they may find peace and hope again. Amen. God bless you all.
Terry Wayne Bailey