Before the first rain drop touched earth, mankind had lost touch with God. Like a New Year’s Celebration, out with the old and in with the new, boundaries were eliminated. This mentality is described in Genesis 6:1-6, causing the Lord grief. In an age of wickedness, Noah found favor with the Lord. Unlike Adam and Eve, Noah actually did everything the Lord commanded, Genesis 6:22. Building an ark the size of a football prior to the existence of rain, now that’s faith beyond comprehension.
Abraham was an old man when the Lord came calling. The thought of a nation as massive as the sand on the seashore must have been enticing, Genesis 12:1-3. However, there’s just one problem, elderly men don’t have children with elderly women. As time ticked away year by year, most people would have given up, quit and called it a life. Just as a doctor once confirmed in Luke 1:37, “nothing is impossible with God” so Abraham held on until his first child was born.
Today, skepticism abounds, with countless souls disappointed by lies, hypocrisy and unbelievable promises. Although in their hearts they want to believe, troubled minds hardly ever come around to faith, side tracked by doubt. Perhaps the words of the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:16 still serves as a stumbling block to the wise. A fool doesn’t have much to lose whereas the wise have their reputation to hold on to. Regardless of the barriers that are present, may Christ like lives and transformed saints shine light into a dark world so that faith can be embraced by the lost.
by Jay Mankus