6 – Noah’s Perseverance
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17
Perseverance is having faith in God’s promises and displaying steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
“But you, Timothy, belong to God; so run from all these evil things, and follow what is right and good. Pursue a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.” 1 Timothy 6:11
“Now the LORD observed the extent of the people’s wickedness, and he saw that all their thoughts were consistently and totally evil. So the LORD was sorry he had ever made them. It broke his heart. And the LORD said, “I will completely wipe out this human race that I have created. Yes, and I will destroy all the animals and birds, too. I am sorry I ever made them.” But Noah found favor with the LORD.” Genesis 6:5-8
1. Be different than the crowd
“Noah found favor with the LORD. He consistently followed God’s will and enjoyed a close relationship with him.” Genesis 6:8-9
2. Be righteous because of Christ
“Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless man living on earth at the time . . . Finally, the day came when the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the boat with all your family, for among all the people of the earth, I consider you alone to be righteous”. Genesis 6:9a, 7:1
“But people are declared righteous because of their faith, not because of their work.” Romans 4:5
3. Be faithful when it’s tough
“Make a boat from resinous wood and seal it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior. Make it 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. Construct an opening all the way around the boat, 18 inches below the roof. Then put three decks inside the boat—bottom, middle, and upper—and put a door in the side” Genesis 6:14-16
4. Be thankful for God’s work
“Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and sacrificed on it the animals and birds that had been approved for that purpose. And the LORD was pleased with the sacrifice…” Genesis 8:20-21
5. Be persistent even when you fail
“After the Flood, Noah became a farmer and planted a vineyard. One day he became drunk on some wine he had made and lay naked in his tent.” Genesis 9:20-21
“And God said, “I am giving you a sign as evidence of my eternal covenant with you and all living creatures. I have placed my rainbow in the clouds. It is the sign of my permanent promise to you and to all the earth. When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will be seen in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with everything that lives. Never again will there be a flood that will destroy all life.” Genesis 9:12-15
- Why is perseverance a difficult heroic characteristic? Do you feel you usually have it? Why or why not?
- How did Noah display perseverance? Do you think he would have been a hero of the faith without it?
- How does knowing Noah failed actually encourage you in perseverance? How do you typically respond to the failures in your life?
- What in Noah’s story points to Jesus being our true hero?
- How can you grow in perseverance when times are tough? How can that apply to your life this week? How about when you return to school this fall?