January 3rd, 2018 — IGNITE

So here’s what really caught my eye as I read my Bible today…

The earth is in terrible shape. It’s corrupt… it’s rotten… it’s unethical… it’s immoral… it’s unscrupulous… it’s nefarious (I’ve always wanted to use that word but never had the opportunity until now!). And I’m not talking about our day and age, but the time of Noah.

When God looked around at everything He had made and took it all in, the Bible tells us…
“… the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” Genesis 6:6 NASB

So, you know the account. There’s one guy, and only one, who is qualified to do something about it, and that is Noah. This Noah, the Bible tell us, has a relationship with God. Noah is a “a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). So God tells Noah to build an ark because a storm’s a coming and it’s going to wipe out everything. Everything is going to be destroyed and die, and everything is going to start all over again with Noah and his family. Noah, being a God follower, obeys and does exactly what God tells him to do.

Now up to this time, the two of the have talked. God gave Noah precise plans on how to construct the ark… what to put in it… when to get in it. And then, after the rains start coming, and the water starts rising, and God gives the final command to get in the ark, and God closed the door – the conversations seem to stop. That’s right. From the time Noah and his family got in the ark until it was time to get out of the ark – the Bible doesn’t tell us of any conversations during that one year of floating. One year and ten days later (Genesis 7:11 & Genesis 8:14) God says to Noah…
“Go out of the ark…” Genesis 8:16 NASB

What’s my point? I believe there are times that God has us on a mission for Him, and while we’re doing it… living it… wading through it… we don’t always hear Him or He’s not speaking, and at those times we might get a little fidgety. We might start questioning God as to where He is while we’re just floating through life. We might start to panic, when we feel like we’re going nowhere. Days turn into weeks… weeks turn into months…  months turn into years.

But can I tell you something – It’s all going to be OK. Everything is good, even if you can’t hear God. He’s still in control and He’s knows exactly what He’s going to do next.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Don’t panic if you can’t hear God speaking to you. Don’t give up early because you think God’s done with you. If Noah would have tried to leave the ark to early it would have been disastrous. No, God didn’t leave Noah in the ark and He’s not going to leave you stranded either.

Father,
I need to hear Your voice in my life often. But when I can’t, help me trust You. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen