Friday, June 5, 2015

Don't Expect Approval!

And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth; But with you will I establish my covenant; and you shall come into the ark. (Gen. 6:17-18) 

God informed Noah of His plan: He was going to destroy the world with a flood. So for one hundred and twenty years, by faith, Noah followed the Lord's leading. He gathered the materials, he built the ark, probably to the ridicule of everyone around him. After all, this was a world that had never known rain; the earth was watered from beneath.  And while Noah was building the ark, he was preaching righteousness to those around him. . . . Surrounded and mocked by his depraved . . . contemporaries, this preacher of righteousness, by faith, stood against the tide of his culture. 

Sometimes our faith is such a rebuke to our peers that we suffer persecution because of it. No extra charge for his simple warning: Don't expect overwhelming approval and affirmation just because you've chosen to walk by faith. 

The Mystery of God's Will 

Approval can be hard to come by in this day and age, especially when we are attempting to find approval from those around us. So many people choose to conform to the ways of this world to find approval, only to be disappointed at the end. So, who do we run to to find approval if people will continuously disappoint us?

God. 

To be very frank with you, it is God's approval that we outta seek. Yes, God does indeed use people to confirm anything in our lives, but it is God that we need to seek approval from throughout our daily lives. That approval usually comes from reading His Word. 


God knows best. God has His best interests in mind for us. Why would go out of our way to seek approval from anyone that are naturally fickle. Why would we go out out of our way to seek approval from anyone that are naturally flawed like us. Matthew 6:33 sums it up this way: 

"But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." 

My dear friends, when it is all said and done, it will be God's approval of the way we choose to live our lives that will determine where we spend eternity. Most people choose to live their lives without much consideration for where they spend eternity. Jesus is coming back in all of His glory one day and we, as Christians, want to make sure that we show ourselves approved in the eyes of God.

Do you want to experience God's very best for you during your time here on earth? Do you want to make an eternal impact in the lives of the people that God has placed around you? Do you want to hear the words "Well done, my good and faithful servant."? Last, but not least, do you want to ultimately make it to Heaven and rejoice for all of eternity with the Triune Godhead and all the saints past, present, and future? The answer to those questions and so much more is totally up to . . . YOU! 

Thank you so much for reading this far my friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).