|How well are we serving our generation? As Christian women, we are challenged in so many ways. Society presents its views on how we should conduct our families and raise our children. We are bombarded by magazine articles and TV and radio talk shows that tell us the best way to parent, treat our men, get ahead, and be happy. We are told how to dress, how to attract men and how to be “sexy.” To counter all this, we have to be reminded constantly about not conforming to this world (Rom. 12:2). No wonder God’s instructions in Titus 2:3-5 speak of the things women need to be taught. The world’s teachings are very different for each item listed in those verses.|
No one was living right before God in Noah’s day. No one was sincere in faith, trusting God. Each one was doing what was right in his own eyes (Jud. 21:25). The earth was filled with violence and man’s sole desire was to do evil continually (Gen. 6:5). This sounds exactly like today. God regretted that He ever made man! Hence, the judgment of the flood went into effect.
God is watching us! He commended Noah for how he served his generation. Can we likewise be commended?
Are We Like Job?
Similar to the times of Noah was Job’s day. No one seemed to fear God or hate evil. God says of His servant Job, that he was “blameless and upright” (Job 1:1). He also said, “There is no one like him on earth” (Job 1:8). This meant that Job had strong moral character, was honest, just and honorable. He had a high regard for what was right in the sight of God. Job also recognized who God was and he revered Him! Job took personal responsibility for his own actions. He avoided anything that was evil or that could be considered as evil.
Job served his generation well even in times of personal tragedy and loss. Despite the foe of his own household – his wife (Job 2:9) – he served well and continued to obey God regardless of what anyone else thought of him. He withstood tough accusations and great misunderstandings. He conducted himself in a way that was right even in the midst of sickness.
Just as God watched Job before his devastation and during his crisis, He watches us! As we read about the life of Job, we also see that God listened in on his conversations with others. God heard all the things people were saying about Job as well as what they said to him. Nowhere in Job does it say that Job sinned with his tongue, but God later charges Job’s three friends with sinning with their tongues (Job 42:7-8). Their lack of knowledge and understanding of God caused them to say the wrong things to Job. They advised Job incorrectly. They gave wrong reasons for his trials and afflictions. God was listening to every word!
Stand Firm For God!
God observes us in all of our interactions with others. Scripture tells us that “those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name” (Mal. 3:16). Only the names of those who honored the Lord with their lips were recorded there. Yes, all who believe and are saved have their names written in the Lamb’s book of life, but this is a record of those who feared God, spoke of Him and meditated on His name!
In a day when God’s name is being rejected and removed, we must stand firm for Him. We must honor His name often. This can be done by the choices we make as women, mothers and wives. We proclaim that we are His! All who cross our path should take notice of what we have! There will always be those who will reject a godly woman, but there will be others who will be attracted to God through her. Oh, that God might say of us that we were righteous in our generation!
Noah and Job weren’t perfect. They just did what was right before God in the midst of sin. They made honoring God a priority. Their lives were marked by obedience! God is watching us at all times. How are we doing?
By Pat Stuart
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org