Well, it only took 6 chapters before God was completely fed up with his new creation. (Based on the geneology in chapter 5, it appears that there was at least 1000 years between Adam and Noah, but still!) Anyway, I was struck (and humbled) by the description of Noah in v.9: “Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.” Wow. What a striking contrast with God’s view in vv.5-6 of the rest of his creation: “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.” Ouch. In some ways, it sounds eerily similar to the world we live in today. I heard a great quote today from Dan Miller (48days.com) that relates to this passage. He was quoting someone else (and I missed who he said it was from, so if you know, let me know) and the quote is this: “The opposite of courage in today’s society is not cowardice, but conformity.” Noah was definitely NOT a conformist! Would that I could live a life of courage like Noah; that I would live in such a way that God is not grieved that he made me; and that I would live in such a way that God could describe me the way he described Noah.