‘Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living in earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.’ Genesis 6:9
I was struck by the beauty and simplicity of this verse. Being a Christian is very straightforward if we simply follow Him obediently.
The secret to Noah’s blameless life was because he walked in close fellowship with God. If we choose to make this a rule in our lives we will make less mistakes and will be found righteous in God’s eyes.
Jesus said ‘Abide in Me.’ We know the theory of having close fellowship with God but accomplishing it can be quite another matter. It needs to become a lifelong ambition. Every day we rise, we make our choices to either walk quietly and peacefully with ourselves and with God, or to tear through life with no consideration for our spiritual wellbeing.
Take time out for yourself and for God. Sit quietly in the silence of His presence before you begin your day, and let His strength and calmness soak into every part of your mind, body, soul and spirit. Commit your day into His care asking for His wisdom in every tricky situation you meet. Pray for His calm in the midst of your busy day. Ask for a portion of the Bible to be given you in a special way so that the word may be a lamp to your feet. Learn the portion by heart, taking a note of it in your phone. Find a quiet moment, perhaps in your lunch hour, to look over it again and to remind yourself of the nearness of His presence. Let His peace steal over you again, even if you only have a few minutes and are surrounded by colleagues.
This is close fellowship with God. When we are in this place, we don’t miss the God-given opportunity that comes our way, or the inner warning not to say or react in certain situations that trouble us. We become trusted servants and reliable friends in whom others can trust. More importantly, we become good ambassadors for Christ.
Noah was God’s ambassador. His responsibilities were enormous. When we are faithful in little, then He will give us much. It all begins with ‘close fellowship with God.’