“This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” (Genesis 6:9)
Prayer Reflections for April 13
In Sunday School, the only thing I learned about Noah was that he was a “righteous and blameless man” that was chosen to build an ark, sit in it for 40 days and 40 nights, and then God gave a rainbow as a sign that He would never do that again. And they all lived happily ever after. Perfect Sunday School story.
Do you know what part they never included in Sunday School? Genesis 9:20-23, when Noah gets super drunk after.
I must admit, the first time I read that was when I was in seminary, and I was shocked. Here Noah was, this blameless perfect guy, and then the first thing he does after he gets off the ark is make a vineyard and get drunk? Not what I had in mind when I read Genesis 6:9 which said Noah was righteous and blameless.
I couldn’t help wondering: if Noah was the best one out there, and he got drunk after being on the ark, do any of us have any hope?
Yes, we do. Because the hope of the Old Testament is the foreshadowing of Jesus. Everything in the Old Testament can be connected to the New Testament, which is beautiful.
For example, Ephesians 1:4-5 reads:
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In lovehe predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.”
How amazing is that? In Noah’s time, he was the only blameless one. Now, because of resurrection power, we are all seen as blameless in His sight. When Jesus died for our sins He meant it- it made us blameless with God.
Does that mean we can walk around and do whatever we want? Of course not! But what if you went through today living as if you were actually blameless? This wouldn’t mean making all the mistakes you want. Instead, it would give you an opportunity to walk around with the optimism that you can do God’s holy work. You are worthy. You were created and made to do this.
So today I call you to remove any guilt you feel. Ask God to remove any shame and any lack of confidence. Instead of walking around in your self-confidence, replace it with the confidence of God- you won’t be able to go wrong when you walk with God’s confidence!
April 13 Prayer
Dear Almighty God, Help me live out as an Ephesians 1:4 child of God. Remind me that I am holy and blameless in Your sight, and allow me to use resurrection power to live out as a set-apart person that is here to do Your holy work. Amen!
Jessie Synan is a Ph.D. student in Bible Exposition who helps other women find their prayer focus in a distracting world. She went from her ADHD interfering with her prayer life to finding her own unique rhythms for prayer and encouraging other women to do the same. She is the founder of Pray With Confidence, which has helped over 10,000 women focus on prayer through the real and vulnerable advice she gives to those on her email list when they sign up for the free guide “How to pray [when you can’t focus.]”
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