Preparing to speak to the Jr. High at ABF, I decided to pursue the idea of “Living on the Edge“. What does it mean to “live on the edge”? I came up with a few ideas – risk, pushing the envelope, and going beyond limits. As we were discussing in our bible study the other night, are we thinking about the 2nd coming of Christ? For most of us, we realized that it wasn't in the foreground of our thinking – and for me I can say that it isn't.
Deciding to profile three risk takers from the bible, I begin by surveying a man named Noah. Noah is probably most famously known for “building the ark”. Now a few interesting tidbits about Noah. His name means “He will comfort us in our work, which comes from the ground the Lord has cursed.” (Genesis 5:29) Last time, I checked that was interesting choice to name your kid. Also, Noah didn't have his three kids until he was 500 years old (and we think 40 is to old to have a child!).
However, God used this man Noah, to change the course of human life forever. God said that He was grieved, because all of the evil that was taking place (Genesis 6:5-6). God was going to wipe the earth clean except for Noah, because Noah had found favor with God (Genesis 6:8).
God told Noah to build an ark, take two every kind of animal, and take his family and he would be spared. Noah probably received some odd looks, especially since no one had ever seen rain, but none the less he obeyed.
Noah obeyed with faith – do we obey God the same way? Do we risk what our friends may think to do what is right? Listen to what God wants to say to you today.
Life on the Edge Series
Life on the Edge: Risk or Not?
Life on the Edge: True Life
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