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Tuesday Reflection


23rd March 2021

...hard to believe...

'Noah was a righteous man,
blameless in his generation.
Noah walked with God.'

.....Genesis 6:9b

All of us, at some time or another,
had a moment where one message
had the potential to change everything in our lives.

I can think of several important messages
I've received over the last few years.
While I was in Germany visiting my daughter
and family in Germany, I had a phone call
to say my oldest, dearest friend, had died,
I'd only said 'goodbye' to her two days
previously and was looking forward
to seeing her on my return;

a news headline that indicated that the
Corona pandemic was about to change life
as we knew it.

The text which said that a dear friend
was back in hospital with more heart problems.

Sometimes hard to believe;
messages leave doubt lingering in our minds -
and doubt, if left undealt with,
can become very destructive to our faith.

There is a man in the Bible who received
a significant 'message' that was surely
hard to believe.
His name was Noah.
But this message came straight from God.

Noah was a husband, father, farmer,
preacher of high esteem.
One day, a conversation with God changed
everything in his life.
God told Noah there was a destructive
flood coming, and Noah was to
build an ark to take him and his family
and many creatures on board
to save them all. (Genesis 6).

How was Noah able to rise above the doubt
this message brought him?
After all, he was far from the sea
and the weather was perfect.

I think the answer to this question
can be found in our main verse today.
Noah was a righteous man,
blameless in his generation.
Noah walked with God.'

What does this mean?
Well, it doesn't mean Noah was perfect,
but he was in a good relationship with God.
A word that describes what it means to be
righteous is 'sanctification',
meaning the stepping away from things that
keep us from moving towards God.

It's allowing our steps to come into step with his.
We also see in this verse that Noah
had made the decision to' walk with God'.

This was not a 'stroll round the park' kind of walk.
It was a place in Noah's soul where,
through a conscious decision each day,
he came before God. He was focussed on God.
There as a destination in Noah's life,
and he could only reach it by walking with God.

We also have a God-given destination in our lives.
But doubt is in our heads trying to detour us.
Doubt sends us messages that
fill our minds with thoughts like:
'You can't do this:
that can't be what God wants;
it's too hard; give up; it's impossible.'
I'm sure Noah had similar words
ringing in his thoughts.

But if we decide to keep walking,
God will keep working.
It may seem that things are conspiring
against you but when we walk with God,
we will always be one step ahead
of any scheme to take us down.

So when the next life-changing message comes,
and it will, make a decision to walk closer to God.
Like Noah, it may not make any sense at the time,
but after a lifetime of walking with God,
we will also see God's faithfulness.
We can decide today;
there is a better way -
I'm walking with God.

'for we walk by faith,
not by sight.'

.....2 Cor. 5:7

It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'Only by faith'
sung by ActiveChristianity
(Christian Music)
(Official Lyrics Video)
via the link shown below.