Even if Noah, Daniel, and Job were there,
their righteousness would save no one but themselves, declares the Sovereign LORD.
EZEKIEL 14:14 NLT
Noah preached to a needy world, though the majority ignored him.
He kept at the task I gave him, despite sneers and sarcasm.
Crowds scorned his message and laughed at his boat-building project;
nevertheless, he hammered away and kept telling My story.
For over a century, Noah warned rebels—with little visible results.
I want you to keep preaching My Word, whether or not people believe.
Stand on My promises and fasten on the belt of timeless Truth.
Wield the Spirit Sword to counter propaganda of the evil one.
Whatever the response—herald My Word.
Daniel prayed in a dangerous world, though government threatened him.
Leaders could not keep him off his knees facing the Temple.
With windows open toward Jerusalem, he prayed three times a day.
Lions could not kill his steadfast loyalty to Almighty God.
He worshiped Me continually, so I protected him constantly.
No matter how antagonistic life gets, hold My hand.
Whatever the circumstances or the situation—keep hoping.
Job persevered in a short-sighted world, though friends misunderstood him.
On the edge of despair, he held on by his finger-nails and trusted Me.
Life can be difficult—the lark does not always sing in an April sky.
Life can be discouraging—futility sometimes clouds the horizon.
Life can be tiring—apparent pointlessness weakens motivation.
Life is not a 100-yard dash, but a marathon—run to the finish line.
Consider your life as time to honor Me, and purpose will energize you.
When you see your Savior, your efforts will all seem worthwhile.
Whatever happens—hang on.
(c) Pastor Johnny R. Almond
Day 283, Gentle Whispers from Eternity