Genesis 6:1-13

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14

Contrasting colors are more noticeable than colors that are similar. For example, a white dot really shows up on a black background; it almost pops off the page.

That’s the way Noah was, compared to the society around him. The first few verses of the sixth chapter of Genesis paint a bleak picture of the world, with great evil and sin abounding: “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5 NASB).

Yet in the midst of this great darkness, Noah was the bright spot: “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord . . . Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:8-9 NASB). Noah desired to please God in all his ways, and his continual desire was to walk in complete fellowship with Him.

Is that your desire as you live in a world that operates on an entirely different basis? When you focus on abiding in Christ and seeking His purposes every day, your life becomes a shining light in a society of sometimes overwhelming darkness (Matthew 5:14). Of course, you may not be consciously aware that you are being a light, but you can be sure that others are watching what you say and do. That is why you must learn to forgive.

Lord, others are watching what I say and do. Teach me to forgive so I can demonstrate Your forgiveness to them. Let me be a shining light in this dark world.

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