Tuesday, October 26, 2010

For 100 years?

Genesis 6:9-14
This is the account of Noah.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. 11 Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.

Noah was on a mission from the Lord to build an ark. Most of you know his story backwards and forwards, but I find it particularly compelling to picture yourself right there with Noah. Think about what it was really like for Noah to build this ark. He was ridiculed, excluded, and shunned for 100 years. Can you imagine what that was like? That would be so hard to persevere and endure through day by day. But with the help of God, he was able to complete the ark and save his family.
Have you ever thought that God has an ark for you to build? He does. God has a specific "hard thing" for each of us to go through. But here's the thing to really think about, would you persevere for 100 years? How would you react to being the odd guy out for that long?
Girls, no matter what God has chosen for you to do, you have to be ready and willing to hold fast to your duty. If you are going through something hard right now, even if it seems miniscule compared to what Noah went through, take heart! You have God on your side. He strengthens us to complete our tasks and maintain a willing heart to obey Him.

2 Samuel 22:33
It is God who arms me with strength
and makes my way perfect.

In His Love,

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