We are living in a dark time. Sin and corruption are prevalent. Evil seems to be taking over. Authority isn’t respected. Unconditional love is rare. Sin is rampant. And the list goes on. These things can take a toll on us. The state of our world can become overwhelming.

Be encouraged. Don’t let the fog of this world hold you back or drag you down. Declare victory – and cast off depression, fear, anger, loneliness, failure, insecurity, anxiety, stress, and brokenness.

“The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. 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. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high. Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.

Genesis 6:5-18 talks about the state of the world during Noah’s time. I believe some strong comparisons can be made.

Darkness… Check.

Abundant sin… Check.

Craziness… Check.

Wickedness… Check.

But notice this… “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” That’s huge!! God saw Noah’s obedience in the midst of such darkness… And He sees yours as well. I don’t know about you… but that gives me hope. Hope for the future. Maybe not here on earth, but in Heaven. God remembered Noah. God remembered Noah’s family. If we live a righteous and holy life, we don’t have to fear. God will remember us also.

I want to encourage you (and myself) to live a life like Noah. Be the light this world needs to see.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing, and perfect will. Romans 12:2

God designed you.

God loves you.

God is for you.

God knows you.

God forgives you.

God blesses you.

God forgives you.

God holds the solution to all your problems.

So why not be a faithful follower?

Prayer: Lord, give me the wisdom to desire your plan over the ways of this world. Help me to be the hands and feet of Jesus. I want to know you, and hear from you. I pray that you give me the strength to follow you when it’s tough. I am guilty of straying… I ask you for forgiveness. Help me to be more like Noah. In Jesus name, amen.