I have no idea how Noah, Moses, and Elijah did it. How was it possible for these men to stay strong in their faith and accomplish their heavenly mission? They were surrounded by people who denounced God, constantly complained, and threatened to kill them. Yet, they continued to press forward.
Jesus had to undergo the same kind of abuse. We can read about the abuse that He endured in the Scriptures.
[Jesus], though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:6–11
The secret to these men’s success is Jesus. It was Christ’s victory on the cross that allowed these biblical heroes to do their jobs. Even though centuries passed before Christ was crucified, the power in God’s promise has sustained all of His people throughout time. This promise holds true for us today. We can do what God has created us to do, even against the odds, with Jesus at our side.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, thank You for giving me great examples of living a life of faith. In Your Word, I can see Your hand strengthening the faith of Your people. Please continue to be with me and sustain me in all that I do. Thank You for the promises that You give me in Your Son. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Jennifer Probst—Gathering Planner—St. James Lutheran, Lafayette, IN
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