Walking in Obedience (Tuesday 17 June)

Morning Encounter

Read:

The LORD saw how bad the people on earth were and that everything they thought and planned was evil. He was very sorry that he had made them, and he said, “I’ll destroy every living creature on earth! I’ll wipe out people, animals, birds, and reptiles. I’m sorry I ever made them.” But the LORD was pleased with Noah, and this is the story about him. Noah was the only person who lived right and obeyed God. (Genesis 6.5-9)

Reflect:

Walking with God for Noah meant obedience. Sometime after Enoch, the world is increasingly disintegrating. Noah is the only person left on the face of the earth who still walks intimately with God. He is given arguably the most outrageous and time consuming task of any other person in the Bible. God tells him to build a large ship – in a place where there isn’t any great body of water for hundreds of miles. This is not a quick build; instead it becomes a 120 year project! Noah is a great example of obedience and holiness over the long haul.

Respond:

Reflect on how God may be inviting you towards obedience today? Is God prompting you about a specific action or issue that needs attention?

 

Midday Meditation:

‘We assume that if anything can be done at all, it can be done quickly and efficiently. Our attention spans have been conditioned by thirty-second commercials…There is a great market for religious experience in our world; there is little inclination to sign up for a long apprenticeship in what earlier generations of Christians called holiness.’ (Eugene Peterson A Long Obedience in the Same Direction)

 

Evening Reflection:

You, LORD God, have done many wonderful things, and you have planned marvellous things for us. No one is like you! I would never be able to tell all you have done. Sacrifices and offerings are not what please you; gifts and payment for sin are not what you demand. But you made me willing to listen and obey. (From Psalm 40)

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