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)
That is what it will take? What is what it will take? It will take faith. It will take faith to do what? It will take faith to do whatever I ask you to do for me. It will? Yes, it will. Why is that? You tell me. I’m not sure. Take a guess. You don’t give me many little assignments? You don’t give me easy things to do. You don’t give me what I can do all by myself, without your help. That’s right.
You have a large assignment from me right now. Yes, I do. It is not only a large assignment. It is also a very long assignment. Yes, it is. Could you do the assignment that you are on right now, without my help? Certainly not. I could not have even dreamed up this large and long assignment that you have given to me. That’s right.
Why have you taken on this large and long assignment that I have given to you? My answer is in your question. How so? I believe with all my heart and mind and soul and strength that you have given me this large and long assignment. You have been weary and worn out by my assignment. My assignment has cost you a tremendous amount of time and energy and resources. I agree with both your statements. What has kept you going? Why have you not given up? You have helped me. You have been with me. You have encouraged me. You have revived and strengthened me. That’s right.
Have you received a lot of encouragement from others as you have worked on this large and long assignment? No, I have not. I have received some encouragement. But, I have received more discouragement than encouragement. How do you feel about that? The discouragement has been surprising. I would have never expected it. How have you been able to keep on going in the face of discouragement? I have kept my eyes on you. I have not listened to criticism. I have not accepted discouragement. I have not considered the overwhelming nature of this assignment. I have not dwelt on how long it might take me to complete your assignment. What have you done? I have taken one step at a time, one day at a time, as I have kept on doing the work that you have given me to do. That is what I will keep on doing. That will be very good.
Lord, regardless of the difficulty of the assignment I will say yes to all that you are asking me to do for you. In the face of doubt, fear and weakness I will rely on you for all that I need to accomplish the task you have set before me. Amen
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