Just before Noah turned six hundred years old God commanded him to build an ark. Can you imagine the looks and the whispers as he began this task? People thought he was crazy but Noah pushed on and did “all that the Lord commanded him.”
Being a Christ-follower today still presents its challenges. The world thinks you’re crazy to believe in something that you read about in a book that was written thousands of years ago. The irony is that ‘book’ has made its way through all those years and is still being published today.
It’s no secret that believers struggle because the world has bought into believing the chaos and confusion of the enemy.
So, what do you do when you struggle and suffer because of your faith?
You believe anyway. You love and worship God, no matter how crazy the world makes you feel for doing so.
God has given me love when I was unworthy of love. Through His son, He’s given me salvation and forgiveness for every time I’ve sinned. He has given me hope when I was hopeless and peace when I needed peace. He has been my strength when I was weak, my light when I was in darkness. He has been my fortress and my deliverer in times of trouble and he has renewed my spirit more times than I can count.
The world could never do that for me.
Call me crazy; it doesn’t matter. What I’ve gained by believing in God far outweighs anything that I will ever lose of this world.
1 Corinthians 16:13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
1 Peter 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.