But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
The LORD had decided in verse seven to destroy every living thing on earth because the imaginations of man’s heart were only evil continually. Then in verse eight the Bible says, But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD” and in verse nine we see why he did. Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD because he was a just man and perfect in his generations. Just and perfect sounds like a tall order to live up to doesn’t it.
When there was nothing but impending doom and death all around, Noah found grace in the eyes of God. I want to find grace in the eyes of God.
What is grace? To find grace in God’s eyes means to find favour and acceptance. But how do you live just and perfect in an imperfect human body and in the middle of imperfect human beings so that you may find grace in God’s eyes?
A just man is one who is upright, just, virtuous and speaks that which is right and true. How many times do we repeat something before we have any idea whether it’s true and accurate or not? Yet we get upset when someone does that to us.
To be just and perfect before the LORD all we really have to do is live by the age old simple rule we have learned since we were young. It’s called the “Golden Rule”. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If we were to think about how we would want to be treated in a similar situation, we will know real quickly what we should say and do in the situations we are facing today.
To be perfect, as the original word is used in this passage, really means having integrity. In other words being a person that can be counted on to do what is right, regardless of whether anyone is watching or not.
Noah found life when everything and everyone around him was corrupt. In the midst of the worst possible situation, Noah found grace in the eyes of God. We too will find grace, favour and blessings in the eyes of God when we learn to treat others fair and just and when we learn to do the right things even when no one is looking or would know the difference.