You are probably familiar with the story of Noah’s ark. But if you read Genesis chapters 6 and 7 you might miss that God “told” Noah to build the ark—He did not ask, request, or suggest that Noah build the ark-He told him to build the ark.
As I continue to write this blog to share how God impacts my life, I get discouraged at times thinking it is not really making a real impact. I have written some that helped someone with a difficult situation; I have written some where it helped clarify Scripture; I have written some that riled some emotions. Those are all good, but I often wonder if most of my posts are even being read let alone helping anyone. Please don’t get me wrong, this is not a “pity-party” but rather a reflection of an question I believe most of us experience at some point—am I really making a difference?
When I started this website, I did it in obedience to what I believed God was calling me to do. So, because of my doubts, I recently specifically prayed and asked Him to clarify for me the purpose of this blog is. It is self-funded and does not generate any revenue (quite honestly, I would not even know how to do that). So, the basic question “why”?
His answer was simple “Because I told you to”. I was disappointed in His answer—I wanted specifics! However, I have learned that God answers our prayers in His time and in His way, but He always answers. So, I humbled myself and said, “yes Lord” and will persevere in obedience to the best of my ability.
I’m pretty sure I’m not alone with this struggle. Is there any aspect of your life that you just don’t understand the direction it has taken? Perhaps you work hard but do not feel valued. Maybe you serve others but don’t feel appreciated. Or you are in a situation where the cliché of “one step forward, two steps back” is your reality.
For me, I had to reevaluate if what I am doing is to glorify God and is in obedience to His plan. That led me to another imperfect man who God used and how he reacted, “And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.” (Genesis 7:5)