According to the few indications that the Bible gives us from the time of Noah, we understand that the moral laws which should have governed human relations were violated without restraint: "All the thoughts of their hearts were daily only towards evil" (Genesis 6:5). In the midst of all this humanity was a man named Noah, who we are told “found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8).
The question we can ask is: why did Noah find favor in the eyes of the Lord?
Here is what the Bible says about this man who found grace: “Noah was a righteous and upright man in his time; Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). The Epistle to the Hebrews completes this portrait by adding that Noah was a man of faith: "It was by faith that Noah, divinely warned of things not yet seen, and seized with reverent fear, built a ark to save his family; it was by it that he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is obtained by faith. (Hebrews 11:7).
Did he find grace because he was honest, just, respectful of God or was it not because he found grace that he was just, honest and submissive to God? Does grace precede integrity, righteousness, obedience, or does integrity flow from grace? The text itself sheds light on this legitimate question. Indeed, we can observe that the mention of grace precedes the mention of Noah's characters. Verse 8 mentions that Noah found grace, and verse 9 gives us some insight into Noah's heart. Grace precedes Noah’s behavior. The epistle to the Hebrews confirms this perception of things because it indicates that Noah's justice did not rest on his works but on his faith. But the faith that saves cannot be faith in our works but faith in God (Ephesians 2:8). So Noah did not find grace based on his works, but he found grace based on his faith in God.
Likewise when we accept the grace of God, when we agree to put our faith, not in our merits, but in the means that God offers us in his Son for our salvation, this leads us to live a life marked by his justice, his holiness, his integrity.
We find grace when we accept His grace!
“Lord, thank you for your grace; it is in it that we want to dwell to find favor in your eyes. In the name of Jesus, amen!”