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2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
thanks for the words tonight momma <3
Today I decided to re-read about Noah and the great flood. I read that there was lots of sin that God was displeased about. So, He decided to wipe out all the wickedness within it by sending the 40 days and 40 nights of rain. God saw the bad, but He didn’t overlook the good. He recognized one righteous man was Noah. He told Noah specific instructions on how to build this arch. That Noah must also bring his wife, his son’s, and his son’s wives, and two of every living creature male and female on with him. God also told Noah to bring with him seven pairs of every clean animal, two of every unclean animal, also seven of every kind of bird, “to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth” (Genesis 7:3) After 40 days, Noah opened a window he made and sent out a raven, it flew back and forth until the water dried up from the earth. Noah then “sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground.” (Genesis 8:8) but the dove couldn’t find a place to land because the water was still all over the surface, so it returned. Noah waited seven days and sent out the dove, when it returned the dove brought back a freshly picked olive leaf, Noah then got excited realizing the water had receded. Noah waited seven more days and sent the dove out again and it did not return. By the 27th day of the second month the water was finally dry. God told Noah to come out with his family, all the animals, and be fruitful and multiply. Noah then built an altar and took some of his clean animals and sacrificed burnt offerings to God. “The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (Genesis 8:21-22)
No matter how bad things get, how bad you think you’re doing in life, or how deep you’re into sin, God provides a way out if you seek Him. Noah followed God; even if he wasn’t say “perfect” he still put his trust in Him. He obeyed every instruction. God used Noah to show obedience, grace, love, patience, and promise. That if you follow God, He’ll never leave you and will always point you in the right direction. Just trust Him. I often wonder how many people thought Noah was crazy for building such a structure, especially his family. How they felt during the whole ordeal, and how they felt once they saw the outcome. I know patience is hard for me, I feel like I would’ve been frustrated on that arch for that long, but after seeing the outcome they must’ve had such a joy come from their hearts. I’ve had a bit of that joy happen to me after seeing God’s great works happen in my life. I hope and pray that I will be more obedient, show His love and kindness, and that I will put more trust in Him, rather than be stubborn, trying live life myself. I know He’s always there and He’ll never leave me.
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