Devotion for July 13, 2023

“I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Ask any farmer, and they will tell you the word they fear the most is drought. Without rain, their crops and livelihood are in peril. Farmers plant their crops with hope that rain will come soon. But a couple of seasons of drought, sprinkled with a period of doubt, is a combination even the most optimistic farmer never wants to face. When rain does come it is viewed as a blessing, restoring life to the withered land.

In Genesis 6, we learn that humanity has reached an all-time low. Wickedness and evil were running wild. “The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time” (v. 5). He resolved to cross everything out and start over (v. 7).

Scripture tells us that as God looked at the darkness of the world, He saw a flickering light of hope. One man found favor in His eyes: Noah (v. 8). Many biblical scholars assert that before the Flood, there had been decades of no rain except the occasional mist, fog, or morning dew. Because humans had never experienced rain, God’s command to build an ark would have seemed ludicrous. But Noah was righteous, “blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God” (v. 9). He did everything as God commanded (v. 22).

Have you walked through times when the road before you seemed impossible? How would God work during those seasons of drought and doubt? God needs leaders who will follow Him even when everyone else turns away.

If you have ever trusted God during difficult times, you may be precisely the type of leader God wants to use. Even if you are in a difficult season, God can still use you for His purposes. Leadership takes patience, waiting on others, and waiting on God.

Prayer

Lord, reach out Your hand and lead me in the straight path. Let my life be a testament to Your glory, and let Your mercy be with me when I fail. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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