Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Monday, December 22
“By faith Noah…built an ark to save his family.”
Heb 11:7 NIV
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
The story of Noah teaches us: (1) You can make a difference in your family. “By faith Noah…built an ark to save his family.” Noah’s decision didn’t just benefit him personally, it saved his entire household. It took many years, but he did it. And by God’s grace you can win your family to Christ too. (2) You can make a difference for future generations. Noah not only survived the flood, but God used him to start the world all over again. What a calling! What an impact! What a legacy! “The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2Ch 16:9 NLT). God is looking for people who will partner with Him in fulfilling His purposes in the earth. But to qualify: (a) You must be willing to stand out in the crowd. Noah believed in his vision when nobody else did. Difference-makers are different. Don’t let that bother you. (b) You must not be afraid to do something for the first time. Don’t let the words, “It’s never been done before,” keep you from obeying God. Folks probably told Noah, “It’s not raining. Who needs a boat?” But they were wrong and Noah was right. (c) You must endure the rain in order to see the rainbow. So take your stand and believe God, for what He’s promised He will perform (Jer 1:12). (3) You can make a difference at any age. Stop putting yourself down because of your age. Noah was five hundred years old when he started preaching and building the ark. It’s not over until God says it’s over!
Tuesday, December 23
“Don’t say, ‘Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.”
Pr 3:28 NLT
DO IT NOW!
The Bible says: “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, ‘Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you’” (vv. 27-28 NLT). Procrastination is deceptive. You don’t think of it as disobedience, because you intend to obey God. It’s just that you’re going to do it…when you have more money, when you’re not so busy, when the holidays are over, when the kids go back to school, etc. Before God gives you an increase, He observes what you do with what you’ve already got. For example, there’s no point asking Him to give you more money so you can bless others, if you’re not blessing people with what He’s already given you. You say, “But I don’t have much at the moment.” It’s not just about money. Are you capable of speaking a word of encouragement, or giving an hour of your time, or going out of your way to help someone in need? When God tells you to do something, He wants you to do it on His schedule, not yours. “Jesus said to another, ‘Follow me.’ He said, ‘Certainly, but first excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have to make arrangements for my father’s funeral.’ Jesus refused…Then another said, ‘I’m ready to follow you, Master, but first excuse me while I get things straightened out at home.’ Jesus said, ‘No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day’” (Lk 9:59-62 TM). The result of delayed obedience is lost opportunity. So do it now!