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Topic: Appointment (02/09/12)
TITLE: Mission Impossible...but do it anyway!
By Ken Langenbrunner
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Could anyone else have done a better job then Noah under his circumstances? The patience, time, years of verbal abuse, the struggle, the faith and trust needed to pull off this huge project, and all the while being ignored and laughed at as he preached repentance and coming judgment. Close your eyes and picture Noah standing there, possibly in his own backyard, turning around 360 degrees looking over this area that may not have been near water, has never seen rain, while God speaks to him His intentions and instructions.
“Thus did Noah.” What a legacy he left behind in these three words. God knew for sure that He had picked the right person for the proper role. The Bible tells us how Moses questioned God’s judgment in choosing him, and he almost lost an incredible blessing, but nothing is recorded of Noah questioning God. Maybe he was thinking…boat? You want a huge boat, right here? But instead I see him as submissively saying “Okay, God has confidence in me that I can do this, so, let’s get started!” Can you imagine the conversation with the misses when he got home?
“Uhh…honey? I’m going to be kind of busy for about the next 120 years! Doing what? Well, the LORD wants a big boat built. Okay. How big? Umm…about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high, give or take a cubit here or there. NOAH! You’re 500 years old, you don’t need to be up on a tall ladder, let the boys do it! But, God came to me; he wants me to be the foreman. Then be the foreman, just tell the boys what you want done. Is that Shem over there? SHEM! Put down that wheelbarrow, you know you don’t know anything about heavy machinery! Come help your daddy build a big boat!”
Can you spend 120 minutes doing something for God, let alone 120 years? What about David? He was but a youth, possibly still a teenager, yet God commissioned him to fight a giant! Young people on the whole seem to think they are invincible, and David must have felt that way as well, for he showed no fear, and volunteered to go against Goliath. The most important thing to note here is that Goliath came out in his own name, but David came out in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel.
Can God pick them or not?! God had been training David for this assignment for several years. As a shepherd, he had to protect the flock from predators. He had already killed at least one lion and bear, and he saw this defier of God’s people as just another animal to destroy, in order to protect the flock. David never once saw this challenge as a loss, but instead even prepared beyond the giant. He knew he only needed one, but he picked up five smooth stones, one for Goliath, and I believe the other four were insurance against the rumors that Goliath had four brothers!
Can you imagine Jessie’s reaction when the brothers went home to “tattle” on David and told old dad what he had done? “David did what? And you let him?! He cut off his head? You go tell David to drop that sword and get himself home! He’s got chores to do, king or no king!
Would we have made the choices God did? Why did your employer hire you? What potential did he see in you? Always at the appropriated time, God raised a champion! Don’t miss your assigned time to be used of God. He knows your potential, trust in His decisions and timing, and never let the words “defeat or inability” cross your mind. Just do the job!
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