Do you think you can make a difference in this world? Do you think you can be an instrument of God no matter how insignificant you feel about yourself or your life situation? I have heard people say that no matter what we do, it will make no difference in this world. I sometimes give in to that hopeless thought myself. I can see the world will go on in spite of what I do even though I want to make a significant difference in this world.
There are times I have wondered if it is even possible for God to tell me what to do? Am I that important for God to speak to me? What significant thing can I do in this world? I read the stories of great men and women of history. Their lives were not always that great according to my standards and yet, God used them for great things.
One day with these kinds of thoughts in my mind I visited my friend John. I told him how insignificant I felt we were. But even if we don’t do all that God has called us to do, it is quite all right and God will find a way. He said, “Yes, that is true. God will find a way to fulfill what He has planned, with or without you. You might as well join the party. Why not enter into what God’s plan is when you know God will continue the journey without you if you so choose.”
Then he said, “Remember what Noah did. Everyone around him thought he was crazy. While there were no clouds in the sky and the place was in a drought, Noah thought the land was going to flood and he should build an arc to take cover. While for the rest of the world around him it was senseless, for him, he knew in his heart he should listen to what the Lord had asked him to do.”
While the first look at this chapter only tells us the story of the wickedness of humankind, there is more to the story.
When the story speaks of destruction that was headed his way, Noah does not give in to fear or disobedience. He was not ready to abandon what he believed God was asking him to do. However silly or senseless he looked, he was not ready to give up on what was being asked of him.
The character of Noah is the key point in the story. Therefore, just like in the story of Enoch we see Noah walking with God in righteousness and obedience. He was not ready to fall prey to the pressure of those around him and leave the path God was asking him to take.
It looks like God was planning the flood to cleanse the earth of all the elements that were ungodly. But in reality, the whole story is far more than the destruction of the land. It was the creation of a new future. The end we see was not actually the end of it all. For those with short sight, it appeared destroyed. But for Noah, it was only the beginning of a new world. However significant and unimportant he must have felt before the flood, he surely knew that even when everything looked bleak, when everyone thought he was lost and crazy, that life was just beginning. Because God had just begun a new day.
God’s Solution # 6
You may feel like you are insignificant in this world and your actions do not always matter. However, every bit of what you do matters beyond measure and what you are is fully in the plan of God. If you are discouraged with doubt, anxious with fear, scared of what future holds, the Lord says,”Do not be afraid.” Listen like Noah and do not fall into the worldly pressures. Listen to the inner voice of God and follow.