Sometimes it is hard to believe some of the things that are really going on in this world, and in our own country, and even in our own towns. We feel like ‘foreigners’ in our own land. But today marks a day when one of my most favorite people in the world is no longer a stranger in this earth, because he is finally ‘home’. Where heaven’s door was opened wide with words from his Lord saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant… enter into the joy of your Lord.”
That is where we find comfort, when we are home.
Did you know that the word ‘comfort’ was the meaning of the name Noah? He was a man that must have really felt like a ‘stranger in his own land’. It is written that during the days of Noah, The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness was on the earth, and that the thoughts of man’s heart was only evil all the time,(Gen. 6:5), ‘and the earth was filled with violence because of them.'(Gen. 6:13)
Well, we know that the LORD was grieved with man, but did you know that because of man, God’s heart was filled with pain? (Gen. 6:6 NIV) I am almost wandering if Noah was called, ‘Comfort’ because he brought comfort to the hurting heart of God.
Why would I say that? What is so special about Noah?
I am not sure if anyone else was really looking to God at that time. (You don’t know a time like that, do you?) But we do know that Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. The Bible says that ‘Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.’
Ps. 34:15-18 says that “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.”
But what about that verse in Romans 3:10,11: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.”?
True, but it is also said of Abraham in Gen. 15:6 that “he,(Abraham) believed in the LORD, and He (God) accounted it to him for righteousness.”
Noah had strong convictions; he believed in the LORD. That was his work! That is why he was righteous!
…”and whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life!” John 3:16.
But this is the most special part: Gen. 6:13, “So God said to Noah,”…
God spoke with Noah! It is true!”Draw near to God and He’ll draw near to you.” James 4:8! Noah probably cried out to God quite a bit about what was going on in his world, and God’s ears were open to his cry! And best of all, God let Noah know what His plans were. We know God brought Noah comfort, but did you ever think that Noah brought God comfort?
“So God said to Noah,” (my paraphrase): Noah, I am going to give you specific plans for the largest house-boat ever, it will take you 120 years to build so see if you can get others to join you and your family, along with every animal, male and female.(No one joined him, just his family, and the animals of course!)
Listen carefully to these verses straight from the Bible: “You shall make a window for the ark,…and set the door of the ark in its side.”
(Gen. 7:16) ‘So those that entered male and female of all flesh, went in (the door) as God had commanded him; and the LORD shut him in.”
So Noah cried out, God heard, and He provided the door to go through!
Ps. 34:17 says: “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.”
So today, in our unsettled world, we cry out to God, and He has already answered! Did you hear what He said?
He said, “I AM the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved…”
And what is your name we ask?
“My name, is Jesus.”
“The Name of the LORD is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe!” Prov. 18:10
I am just so thankful that my friend is home now, and the door was open to him! I know that God will give him great comfort, and I also know that he will bring great comfort to the heart of God as well!