By Faith We Are Prepared (4)

2 Peter 3:9

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise..."

Read God's Word with faith and reverence: God has many warnings for us in the Bible. They are always true and serious, so we should read and trust His Word. We must shut our ears to Satan's lie and man's empty words. If we are too lazy to read God's Word carefully and faithfully, we harm ourselves and our loved ones!

Be moved with fear: "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world..." (Heb 11:7). Noah received God's warning with faith and trembling even though he did not see God's judgment yet. Although we have not seen God's great tribulation and His final judgment of hell for the wicked, we should receive God's warning with faith, fear and trembling.

Walk with God alone: Although the majority was ungodly and wicked, Noah still walked alone with God as his great-grandfather Enoch did;

"But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD" and Noah walked with God" (Gen 6:8-9). We should not let the ungodly majority influence us, even "scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation" (2 Pet 3:3-4). It is always wise to walk alone with God.

Prepare ourselves: Noah was not inactive when he received God's warning, but he "prepared an ark to the saving of his house" (Heb 11:7). It required his faith, time, labour, efforts and even his life for the salvation of himself and his family. He still built the ark and preached God's message of warning to the ungodly for 120 years even though there was no positive response. We should not be discouraged when we share the Gospel with others and there is no postive response. We should set a good example of godly Christian life and pray hard for our loved ones that God may save them by His grace in His timing.

THOUGHT: Just honour God's Word and walk alone with Him!

PRAYER: Lord, help me to walk alone with Thee with faith.

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