- Genesis 6:9 (NKJV) …perfect in his generations…
Does God’s standard change?
Well the answer appears to be yes and no.
God declared that Noah was perfect in light of his generation.
Think about that, Noah lived in a time when the thoughts of his contemporaries were only evil continually (Genesis 6:5). Times are bad today but they’re not that bad—yet. Thus, Noah may have been (according to our times) a rather bad man but according to his times he was a saint.
Think about Abraham. How could God think so highly of Him—even calling him His friend? Well again, you’ve got to consider that the bar was pretty low. James sums it up well: And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” (James 2:23)
In other words, Abraham lived in a time when people didn’t even believe in God! Just going out on a limb and believing was a huge deal and God rewarded him richly.
What about that ole womanizer and murderer King David. How in the world could God call him a man after God’s own heart?
Peter sums it up well: For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers… (Acts 13:36). In other words, in light of the violent, immoral and idolatrous times that David lived, overall, he was a pillar of righteousness and morality.
So the ONE THING today is: Stop being judge and jury.
We are way too prone to judge people by how we’d live their lives (if we were them). We are not them. God takes into account the starting point for all people—and the starting point is not the same.
Let’s let God be the judge and jury and let’s you and me do the best we can in light of where we started in life.
And by the way, God’s ultimate standard has never changed.
Whether it is Noah, Abraham, David, me or you, the same can be said for all of us as that which was said for Noah: But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:8).
Ephesians 2:8 (NKJV)
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.