November 2020 Letter

A Man of Faith

 

Anger. Corruption. Hatred. Violence. Everywhere you looked, this is what was happening. No one thought it could get any worse, and yet it did. People ridiculed him for what he was doing. They said he was crazy. They mocked him, jeered him, and called him a fool. No one believed he would stay true to his convictions. No one had any faith in him or his message of hope.

 

It sounds like I’m describing present day America and the state of politics in the U.S.—but I am not. This is the story of Noah, whose life and ministry to God we commemorate on November 29th. Noah lived during turbulent times. He saw the wickedness and depravity of humanity at its worst. Yet he remained true to God. He didn’t lose faith in his heavenly Father. He was righteous and blameless in his generation, and God walked with Noah according to Genesis 6.

 

Noah didn’t question what was happening around him and he didn’t question God’s instructions to build the ark. No matter how much he was ridiculed and hated for his beliefs and convictions, he stayed the course. He remained faithful to God and did all that God commanded him to do. Would’ve it been easier to cave in to the pressures of society and abandon God’s instructions? Certainly. But he didn’t. Noah remained faithful to God because he knew God would always remain faithful to him.

 

Noah is remembered and honored for his obedience, believing that God would keep His promises to him and his family. That’s a tremendously important lesson for all of us today, living in the turbulent and chaotic times that we do. God will do what He said He would—"20 For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” (2 Corinthians 1:20). His grace, love, and mercy will always prevail over the forces of darkness in the world.

 

Almighty and eternal God, according to Your strict judgment You condemned the unbelieving world through the flood, yet according to Your great mercy You preserved believing Noah and his family, eight souls in all. Grant that we may be kept safe and secure in the holy ark of the Christian Church, so that with al believers in Your promise, we would be declared worthy of eternal life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

 

November Blessings!

 

Pastor David A. Feddern