A Passage and A Prayer 1/8/19

“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.” Genesis 6:8-9
As we begin a new year of God’s grace, our worship together will focus on the theme “BOLD Enough to Dream” during January. That theme will ring a bell for many as it reminds us of our campaign to raise funding for the construction of new school facilities and reconfiguring of some of the office space. The campaign was a bold initiative, but it was also one that God blessed abundantly.
God often has plans for us that are beyond what we might ever expect or imagine. The bible is filled with such examples, including in the early chapters of Genesis, when God called Noah to build the ark. Talk about a BOLD plan. God would preserve His creation through Noah, his family, and the ark. We can only imagine what went through the mind of Noah as God revealed this plan. But whatever he thought, the most important thing is that Noah followed God’s plan.
What do you have planned for 2019? More importantly, what does God have planned for you? How will God use you and the gifts that He has given to further His kingdom? The same God who took a simple believer like Noah and saved the world may have great plans ahead for you. Or perhaps His plans are for you to be a blessing to just one person this year, someone who right now is a long way from God.
Whether we consider God’s plans for us great or small, He calls us to stand ready and follow where He will lead us, using the gifts that come from Him. In this new year of God’s grace, may our hearts and eyes be always open to His leading.
Gracious Father, Noah could never have dreamed what You would have in store for him, but yet You provided all that he needed to save himself and his family. Lord, grant us such trust and confidence in You that we will follow Your plans, wherever they might lead us. Grant this for the sake of Jesus in whose name we pray. Amen.

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