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Blending in or Standing Out?

Camouflaged animals are brilliant in hiding themselves from prey by changing colors or blending into their environment. Other birds, reptiles, and insects are great at nearly disappearing, seamlessly blending in with their surroundings. In today’s modern age of Cancel Culture, many individuals are afraid to reveal, share or verbalize their beliefs. As progressives continue to bully conservatives into conforming to social norms, the timid and weak tend to blend in rather than stand out.

So the Lord said, I will destroy, blot out, and wipe away mankind, whom I have created from the face of the ground—not only man, [but] the beasts and the creeping things and the birds of the air—for it grieves Me and makes Me regretful that I have made them. But Noah found grace (favor) in the eyes of the Lord. This is the history of the generations of Noah. Noah was a just and righteous man, blameless in his [evil] generation; Noah walked [in habitual fellowship] with God, Genesis 6:7-9.

In the Old Testament, one man found himself living during a dark era in history. Genesis 6:5 describes this period as one filled with wickedness. Since one word doesn’t do the overall spiritual climate justice, Moses suggests that perverted and warped minds acted upon their sinful fantasies. Instead of accepting this drastic change as a progressive movement, Noah decided to take a stand, finding favor in the Lord’s eyes. As Noah continually walked with God, a plan was designed to save the world.

[Prompted] by faith Noah, being forewarned by God concerning events of which as yet there was no visible sign, took heed and diligently and reverently constructed and prepared an ark for the deliverance of his own family. By this [his faith which relied on God] he passed judgment and sentence on the world’s unbelief and became an heir and possessor of righteousness (that relation of being right into which God puts the person who has faith), Hebrews 11:7.

The author of Hebrews details the lengths at which Noah went to take a stand for God. Prompted by faith, Noah began to see subtle signs of God’s impending flood. Despite being laughed at, mocked and ridiculed, Noah remained faithful by continually building an ark daily. According to scientists, the earth’s initial atmosphere consisted of an Open Canopy, void of any rain. Following the flood, God started over with Noah’s family. If you want to follow in Noah’s footsteps, resist the urge to blend in by taking a stand for God.

by Jay Mankus

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