"Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass." Psalm 37:3-5 AMP
Thoughts for Today
Building an ark on dry ground was a witness to the unbelieving people of Noah's time. Noah demonstrated his reverence for God by obeying him. Noah persevered amidst ridicule for more than 120 years. And during that time, he further showed his reverence for God and his love toward the people by attempting to share his faith with his tormentors.
Noah's eyes were on God—not the failures, not the hopelessness of it all, not the way people treated him. He reverenced God and kept his focus on what God had told him to do, no matter what the circumstances. As a result, God saved him and his family and used them to replenish the earth.
Are you obeying God and yet not seeing the results you hoped to see? Don't give up! Keep your eyes on Jesus. Reverence God above your own expectations. Obey him even if you don't understand what you see. Focus on what he has called you to do and trust him for the rest.
God's ways are definitely not our ways. But respect him and trust him enough to know that his ways are the right ways. And seek his ways above all else.
Father, sometimes I get my eyes on circumstances and get so discouraged. Help me keep my eyes on Jesus … on your love … and on your Word. I do know that you will work everything out for good … and that your timetable is best. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from…
Godly Heroes: A Small Group Study of Hebrews 11 by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This guide presents a step-by-step study of Hebrews 11. It also features the profile of the characteristics of Godly heroes, written in language that relates to today's living. In this guide you will find definitions, characteristics and examples of the heroes' faith life. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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