Scripture consistently implores us to have an unwavering faith in our LORD, but if you are like me, this is often easier to profess than to implement in our daily lives. For this message, I have selected a number of stories from the bible, to which I find myself returning again and again for encouragement and comfort.
Noah builds the Ark – Genesis 6:13-14 “And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.” Verse 7:5 “And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.”
The call: God told Noah to build the ark.
The response: Despite having never seen rain and surely daunted by the tremendous task laid before him, Noah obeyed God and built the ark.
God calls upon Abram – Genesis 12:1 “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee.” Verse 4 “So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.”
The call: Abram was called upon by God (whom he did not know), to leave his home and travel to a strange country.
The response: Abram gathered his family and left.
Leaving Egypt – Exodus 11:1 “And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.” Verse 12:28 “And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.”
The call: The LORD revealed to Moses what He intended to do to Pharaoh and all of Egypt.
The response: Moses believed the LORD, and ultimately led the people from bondage according to the word of God.
The call of Levi – Luke 5:27 “And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. Verse 28 “And he left all, rose up, and followed him.”
The call: Without further comment or explanation, He called Levi to follow Him.
The response: Levi stood up, left his work, and followed Jesus.
Cornelius goes to visit Peter – Acts 10:3-5 “He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send me to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter.” Verse 21 “Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come?”
The call: Cornelius was instructed by God to search out a man named Peter, whom he did not know.
The response: Cornelius and the other men went to visit Peter.
In each of these stories, God called upon men to take some form of action to further His work. Personally, I am very humbled to read these passages and see how these godly men obeyed His voice without question, despite what fears or apprehension they may have felt. It is my prayer for all Christian’s to have the same faith, trust and obedience to our LORD.
Blessed be the name of Jesus Christ,
March 8th, 2011