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I love how our day-to-day life can teach us lessons to help us understand our past, challenge our today, and inspire our future. We can learn through experiences, situations, conversations, songs, books, nature ... the list is endless! Live with eyes ready to see, ears ready to hear and a heart ready to be touched.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

The one with the big ask

Genesis 6 - 12.  I was already fairly familiar with the passages - Noah, the flood, the tower of Babel, and the introduction of Abram and his call.  Nothing shiny and new to read, and yet, this never stops God from revealing new insights or gentle reminders pertinent to our current situation, does it?  I love that.

Both Noah and Abram were asked to do some pretty big things by God.

Noah was asked to build a boat

'So God said to Noah, 'I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them.  I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.  So make yourself an ark ...' (Genesis 6)

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+  Knowing that God was going to destroy the earth and the people - that must have been a lot to take on board and carry around.  I wonder how he reacted with his neighbour when he bumped into him putting the rubbish out at night?!

+  An ark?  We all know what the ark looks like - we have seen pictures!  But it would have been totally new to Noah.  An ark had never before been built, and God gave some pretty specific instructions regarding dimensions and materials! He had to follow God's directions perfectly.  No - yes ok God, but I will find a quicker and easier way to do it.  He was expected to follow the detailed instructions exactly.

+  It hadn't been raining!  There were no puddles, net alone flood warnings!  Actually, it is even possible that Noah may not have even seen rain before.  And yet, God commanded him to build a boat.  I think I might have felt just a little bit silly if it were me!!  (Ok, a lot!)

Building an ark was a big ask - and yet Noah was obedient. 

Abram was asked to leave everything

The Lord had said to Abram, 'Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you' (Genesis 12)

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+  God asked Abram to move to a land he hadn't even heard of or  seen before.   He didn't have the opportunity to go there on holiday first to check it out. 

+ Abram was not only asked to leave his house, but most of his friends and family too.

He was asked to do a lot more than step out of his comfort zone a little bit!  It was a big ask - and yet Abram was obedient.

Both Noah and Abram obeyed God - and God promised great things because of this.

What is it God is asking us to do at the moment?  Is it really such a big ask? 


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  2. Happy New Year Jo!

    It’s so important that we commit to total obedience, immediate obedience and wholehearted obedience to the things of God. We need to immerse ourselves in it and apply it to our lives, because the only way to find peace and rest for our souls is to walk on God’s path and do it His way.

    Great post!
    Blessings and hugs,

  3. This is great Jo, and has made me think...

  4. We are in a phase of life where we are being asked to build a 'boat' and we don't know what it will look like or have we experienced the weather it is for before - thanks for the encouragement and challenge Jo. Thanks too for visiting my blog. Hope the Christmas memories were good ones! Jo.

  5. That really was a big step of faith! Thanks for the thought provoking post :)


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