Why Testing? Part 5
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:1-6
Key Verse: Hebrews 11:7
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
So far this week we have realized that the tests that God allows to come to our lives can be about our attitudes, words and obedience. A fourth area, closely tied to obedience, is our faith. Some tests are looking for the depth and reality of our faith in God. First Peter 1:7 confirms this truth: “These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold, though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So, when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”
Our scripture for today speaks of the life of Noah, a godly man committed to righteous living. His faith in God’s words and warnings led him to build the ark in the middle of dry land. This made him different than his neighbors and they made fun of him while rejecting him. Noah’s actions seemed strange to others around him and these strange “looks,” quiet whispers, and blatant rejections became a real test for Noah’s faith.
When we decide to truly trust Jesus Christ as our Savior and determine to put our faith in God’s Word, we can expect a test. It may come, as it did for Noah, through people you care about. Rejection and isolation, because of your faith, can become a huge test that will examine the depth of your faith in God. God came through for Noah and He will for you!
Father, if my faith must be examined today, grant me courage and strength to run the race with your grace. In Jesus’ Name, amen.