Examples to follow-8
Philippians 3:17 “Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.” (NKJV)
Philippians 3:17 “Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal.”(MSG)
Hebrews 6:12 “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
What can we learn from this great patriarch? The example I want us to pick from him is that he chose to be different by doing what is right even though he was alone!
Friend, we are creatures of habits and one of our principal habits is the need for relationships, but then there are roads we must all learn to walk alone. A wise man said, “Heroes march alone; eagles are never seen in groups!”
That was the case of Noah. How do you describe a scenario where nobody had ever seen or heard the word “rain” but yet a man was crazy enough to believe it and build an ark as defence against the coming flood? We read the bible now and blame those folks that perished and even call them foolish, but I bet you, if we had existed then the story might not have been different.
Noah stood alone, and had to endure mockery for several years while construction was going on. But hear what God said as Noah, his family and the great zoo boarded the ark:
Genesis 7:1 “The LORD told Noah: Take your whole family with you into the boat, because you are the only one on this earth who pleases me.”(CEV)
Genesis 7:1 “Next GOD said to Noah, “Now board the ship, you and all your family–out of everyone in this generation, you’re the righteous one.”(MSG)
Literally the whole world was doing what was wrong. But did that deter Noah from doing what was right? Not on your life!
It is very easy to do things when we have company, but the real test of character is when we have to do it all alone.
To be continued…
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