Obedience, Response, Action

Obedience, Response, Action
Lent 2019

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Consider the obedience of Noah.

The Lord gave clear instructions to Noah to build a boat in a world where it had not rained. Noah could have done a lot of other things, but he chose obedience in the face of doubt. The Bible says in Genesis 6:22, “Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.” Today, we have God’s clear instructions preserved in The Bible. As we pray, let us submit our day to God and pray for His power to help us follow Him as Noah did.

Consider the response of Esther.

She had a special place in the kingdom with access to the king, but at the risk of her own life. Her call from God came through the voice of a trusted friend when her people were in danger. He told her in Esther, chapter 4: “If you keep quiet at a time like this, …you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for such a time as this.” Esther responded with prayer. God proved His faithfulness when she went to the King. As we pray, let’s reflect on where we are and how we can serve others in Jesus’ Name. Lord, reveal to us where we can make a difference for Your Kingdom.

Consider action that is prompted by faith.

In his letter to the early Church, James reminds Christ followers that we are always on call! In ‭‭James‬, chapter ‭2, he writes, “What good is it… if you say you have faith but don’t show it…? …Suppose you see [someone] who has no food or clothing, and you say, “…Have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give [them] any food or clothing. What good does that do?” Our faith is the foundation from which action is launched. As we pray, let us offer ourselves to God as servants whom He can use, and thank Him in anticipation for opportunities to put our faith into action.