This is the story of Noah and his sons. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless man living on earth currently. He consistently followed God’s will and enjoyed a close relationship with him. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth (6:1-8, 11). Society mocked Noah for his belief in and obedience to God. The principles of obedience, consistency, and patience were taught to Noah’s entire family. When judgment came upon the world, Noah, his wife, his son’s and their wives were spared (6:18).
Do you want your life and your family lives to be spared when the Lord destroys the world?
The Bible tells us, “One day Noah became drunk on some wine he had made and laid naked in the tent (9:21). Two of his sons (Shem and Japheth) responded to the situation in a godly manner while the third son (Ham) did not (9:22-23). Noah’s drunkenness and Ham’s indiscretion resulted in the suffering of all of Ham’s descendants (9:24-27).
As we look at Noah’s life, we’re reminded that our children learn from our examples. They often receive good blessings from the good things we do, but they also suffer from our mistakes.
What mistakes have your children suffered from based on a decision you made?
Like, Noah, we all have made countless mistakes. But, those mistakes can become insignificant through our repentance and obedience to God’s word. We must remember that our children become like the adults who surround them.
Good parents teach their children by example. Remember, Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him (6:22). However, God is Faithful to those who trust and obey him. Obedience to God is a lifelong commitment.
Are you willing to commit to the journey even if your life becomes difficult?