Tuesday, November 20, 2007

People Full of Faith

1And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
2Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female.
3Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth.
4For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
5And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.

Genesis 7:1-5, King James Version

We begin this series of devotions on People Full of Faith with Noah. The story of the flood is perhaps one of the most loved stories of the Old Testament. It is also one of the most controversial; today many say it is just a myth, or just a local flood. I do not believe that; the Bible says that the waters covered the whole earth. So, I believe that the waters covered the whole earth!

Noah was a man whom I really respect; he was undaunted by the lack of faith all around him. God told him to build an ark-not just a small fisherman's boat, but a huge boat able to hold the people and all of the animals that would soon use it as a refuge. It was not a simple task; it took Noah almost 100 years to build the ark.

During all of this time, there was no physical evidence to prove Noah's "hypothesis" that a flood was coming that would destroy the whole earth. He was taunted continually, and no one, not even one person, responded to his calls to repent of their sins and turn to God. Noah was a man of faith!

No matter how alone we might feel in our Christian walk as we live in a wicked and ungodly time, we are never as alone as was Noah. We still have good, Bible believing churches to attend, Christians with whom we can fellowship, and Christian homes which can be a haven amidst the storms of life.

Do you lack faith? Does it seem a myth to you that Christ is going to return someday to take His people to be with Him forever? It has been 2000 years since Christ walked this earth-that is a long time. Surely we can not believe He really is going to return to this earth!

The Bible is a book of faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God, and it is impossible to understand His Word. What seems so unbelievable to the lost around us becomes a fact to us. By God's grace, He opens our eyes to see and understand truth. Noah waited 100 years; it has been 2000 years since Christ lived on this earth. We the people full of faith understand, with no doubt, that the Bible is true; Christ will return.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (James 1:5-6, KJV)

God Bless You,

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