THE KINDLING OF OBEDIENCE…

GENESIS 6:22: “So Noah did according to all that God commanded him; he did so exactly.” ‭‭TLV

OBSERVATION: What a contrasting statement in the sixth chapter of Genesis! The chapter begins with,

  • “Then ADONAI saw that the wickedness of humankind was great on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their heart was only evil all the time. So ADONAI regretted that He made humankind on the earth, and His heart was deeply pained.” Genesis‬ ‭6:5-6‬ ‭TLV‬‬

Noah stood out as a single bright light in the midst of all the darkness that was present in the world. Of the entirety of God’s creation, it came down to one man and one family. It is hard to imagine that a generation, so close to the creation of the world, had turned so wicked.

Noah was not just a righteous man that trusted in God, he was also an obedient man. Given a task that in any day would be an almost insurmountable task, the Biblical record records that Noah did exactly as God commanded. The Biblical narrative does not give us much more than that. We don’t have the backstory of the entire construction process, but we can imagine that it was filled with great challenges, difficulties, and opposition from those who did not worship God.

In all honesty it sounds much like the culture we live in today. I am not saying that the depth of darkness is equal to this time in history. Surely God has his righteous ones all over the world. Yet, in the world we live in, if we want to walk a life that is reflecting the light of God, we too will face great challenges, difficulties, and opposition. This is reflected in the way Christians are treated in the media culture of our day. If one lives boldly for Jesus Christ they are identified as an extremist filled with hate and ignorance.

The question I am asking myself today is – how will I respond? Will I hide my light under a bushel basket, or will I count the cost and let is shine? Will I be like Noah and do exactly as the Lord commands, or will I bend to the criticism and pressure of our culture? Noah no doubt had to withstand constant ridicule as his obedience was played out in the public square. You can’t obey God by building an Ark in secret. My obedience needs to be the same. It is not to be a public show of self-righteousness, but a willingness to walk in humility and obedience to the Lord’s commands, no matter what the cost.

The First Century believers lived out their faith even unto death. Their obedience and witness turned the world upside down. If there was ever a time for the world to be turned upside down it is now! While we await the blessed assurance of the return of Jesus Christ, our hope and prayer is for a great outpouring of revival around the world. Revivals do not simply happen. Revival begins with the kindling of prayer and obedience in the people of God.

Lord, help me to be Your kindling I pray.

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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1 Response to THE KINDLING OF OBEDIENCE…

  1. This is my prayer aswell. Thank you for this inspiring post!

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