Genesis 6:9- 10: Swimming against the tide.
“9 This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.” NIV
The lovely man who was my pastor, during my teen years, often used to say, ‘Any dead old fish can move along with the stream; it takes a live one to swim against it!’
Noah was very much ‘alive’. Although he was ‘’among the people of his time’’ (9), he was not of his time. He ‘marched to the beat of a different drummer’. He ‘’walked with God.’’ So, while he found himself in the sea of his culture, he also received divine strength to move against the tide of evil, to swim against the current. He wasn’t sucked under and drowned.
We are told, in 2 Peter 2:7, 8, that Lot was ‘’a righteous man who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men’’, and that ‘’day after day’’ he was ‘’tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard’’. We can, no doubt, identify with him. Well, Noah shows us that we can do more than just curse the darkness. In fact, that is not our calling. Rather, we can light a candle. We can let our lights ‘’so shine’’ before our contemporaries.
‘’The ways of right-living people glow with light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine’ (Proverbs 4:18: ‘The Message’).