By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. Hebrews 11:7 (NIV)
Would you take on a very long and difficult assignment from me? Would you do what I asked of you even if you didn’t fully understand everything that I was asking of you? Would you continue to do the work that I had given you to do with little or no affirmation from others? Would you keep on working for me in the face of ridicule, scorn and rejection? Are you going to ask me to work on an assignment like this? You know that I am. You know that I will. You know that I have already asked you to take on such an assignment. Then I must have already said yes to you. Yes, you did.
If I have already said yes to taking on a very long and difficult assignment from you why are you asking me these questions now? You already know the answer to that question. I do? Yes, you do. So you tell me why I have asked these questions of you. You want to remind me that the assignment I have taken on comes from you. You want me to be encouraged and strengthened in the work that you have given me to do for you. You don’t want me to become discouraged. You don’t want me to give up. You want me to know that your hand is on me. You want me to remember that you are working in and through me. You want me to know that you are using me according to your purposes and plans. Yes, all of this is true.
Why is the work so long and difficult? Why is the assignment so large and demanding? You asked for this kind of assignment. You said that you wanted me to use you. You said that you wanted to bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. You said that you wanted me to use you however I saw fit. You said that you were completely at my disposal. You didn’t want some small assignment from me. You said that you didn’t want to give me anything less than your fullest wholehearted effort. Have I misheard you? Did I get something wrong? No, you have not gotten anything wrong. You have not misheard me. I am fully at your service. I am thankful that you are using me. I am encouraged that your hand is on me. Nothing will please me more than to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I will keep doing the work that you have given me to do. That will be very good.
Lord, help me to listen to your voice so that I will be able to hear and obey you. Give me courage, strength and faith so I will be able to continually do all you are asking me to do for you. Use me according to your purposes and plans. Amen
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