Marianne’s Notes: You bring the heart, God provides the rest…

God never seems to do things that make natural logical sense.  It’s been that way since the beginning…the crazy part is it all makes sense to God hence WHY He does it the way He does it. 

Today’s reading of Genesis 7 proves a piece of that audacity of God.  From Adam forwards to Noah (so 10 generations later…) God gave Noah children.  All previous generations had children between age 65-150; Noah was 500 (!) I guess I shouldn’t feel so bad.  HA!  He reared his children (3 sons-Shem, Ham, and Japheth) and they married so at a minimum Noah might have been about 516 years old before he was called by God to build the ark. 

In verse 11 we learned “in the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the foundations of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.”  Noah lived a long life before his “life” really began…before He saw God’s favor…before he became part of something God was doing.  We too might be like that. 

Noah was found to be righteous…which begs the question, “What am I doing with my time?”  Am I consistently seeking friendship/mentorship/Lordship with God…with or without a Noah-sized ministry moment?  Didn’t he get “lost” in the mundane like we do?  There are a million physical reasons God could have or should have used someone else but that’s not how God does it.  He was looking for the righteous one, regardless of what he brings to the table…WHY?  Because God knew that He would be empowering & sustaining Noah to do whatever He asked Him to do.  God was looking at the heart because He can equip Noah for the rest. 

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