It did not take long…Within a short period of time, Noah gets drunk and Ham degrades and disrespects his Dad. Funny, these were the good guys. Sin creeps in to the scene whenever we take our eyes off the Lord. When we are in extreme crisis, it is often easier to focus on the Lord because we have no other recourse. When things are good, plentiful and crisis free we tend to let down a bit and open a door for sin to come in and destroy us. The Bible is chocked full of stories of great people of God that crash and burn when times become good or at least crisis free.
Why would we expect different? I am reminded that when I feel a break in the action, that is when I need to be on guard. The more prosperous and complacent we are the more apt our enemy is to level us. Paul said it best—“I have learned to be content whatever my circumstance, well fed or hungry; living in plenty or in want—I can do all things thru Christ Who strengthens me!” Philippians 4:12-13. So, following Peter’s direction, We must remain on Guard, our enemy prowls like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. I Peter 5:8
Help me, Lord to remain faithful and on Guard.
God Bless you
20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.
24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said,
“Cursed be Canaan!
The lowest of slaves
will he be to his brothers. ”
26 He also said,
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem!
May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
27 May God extend Japheth’s territory;
may Japheth live in the tents of Shem,
and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”
28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 Noah lived a total of 950 years, and then he died.