So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord (Genesis 6:7-8)
In the future, we understand that the world as we know it will be destroyed, not with a flood, but renewed with fire (2 Pet. 3:7, 12). In that day, the “tares” will be destroyed in the fire (Mt. 13:30) but the “wheat” — the good seed — will be gathered into the barn. As in Noah’s day there will be those who are accounted worthy to escape the judgment that the Creator is forced to impose upon wayward humanity. It will be of utmost importance to be among those who find “grace in the eyes of the Lord.”
Notice that the Bible says that Noah found grace in God’s eyes — it doesn’t say that his family members did, necessarily. It suggests that, because of Noah’s righteousness, his family were also spared what befell the rest of mankind. Later, Lot would be spared Sodom’s fate, in large part, due to Abraham’s relationship with the Almighty. Generations later, the firstborn of Israel were saved because the father of those families obeyed the instruction of God.
This is an important point to make in light of the days in which we live. The Bible gives us hope that entire families will be saved because of the relationship one has with the Creator. Recall what Paul told the Philippian jailer:
“Believe on the Lord Yeshua the Messiah, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31)
Don’t give up on your loved ones; your commitment to serve God makes a difference. We serve a merciful and faithful God and He rewards those who are faithful to Him.
Blessings and Shalom,