But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. . . . Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.
Genesis 6:8-9, NASB
We wonder if we live in the most evil age in history given the atrocities that happen around us. But it appears there has been an age when wickedness was even more widespread than in our own: the age described in Genesis 6. That age was so wicked that God “was sorry that He had made man on the earth” (verse 6). It was the age that prompted the Flood, after which God started over with Noah and his family.
Noah was an Adam-type man whom God trusted to be the new head of the human race. Noah wasn’t sinless like Adam, but he was righteous; he was a man who “walked with God.” Genesis 6:9 suggests that he may have been the only human being of his kind on earth in that age, the only man who sought to follow God’s will and who could be trusted with God’s mission to preserve human and animal life on earth. Noah was faithful. In the face of probable derision and scorn from his community, he built an ark and preserved life on earth.
Noah raises this question: If God looked for one person who would be faithful to Him in a specific task, would His eyes rest upon us?
I know of nothing which I would choose to have as the subject of my ambition for life than to be kept faithful to my God till death.
Charles H. Spurgeon