Give Me a Break

5 Jan

Focus on God’s Word:   Genesis 5:28-29  When Lamech was 182 years old, he had a son.  He named him Noah, saying “This one will give us a break from the hard work of farming the ground that God cursed.

God Speaks through His Word:

Breaks come into our lives for many reasons. breakYoung parents long for a break from sleepless nights, then all too soon the children are grown and they are alone and all is lonely.  Some are overwhelmed from a heavy work load and then find themselves in the hospital with a heart attack.  Or a stroke puts a stop to a person’s busy lifestyle.  Perhaps a death happens because of a drunk driver.  These all give a person a break but not in the way that they wanted.

Noah’s father was unknowingly giving a prophecy about how Noah would give them a break from farming.  Yes, the whole earth had a break but it certainly was not the kind of break they hoped to have.  A world-wide flood certainly gave everyone a break from farming. Some breaks are for rest and restoration—like a nice vacation on a sunny beach.  Some are forced because of illness.  Others because of a death or a dreaded lifestyle change.

Were Noah here to give us a bit of advice I think he would say “Walk steadily with God and look to Him for guidance.  Don’t be always looking for a break.  Be content with your lot in life and do your best to make life better for those around you.  Don’t take anything for granted but show appreciation both to God and those who contribute loving care into your life.  You do not know what tomorrow holds and all that you hold dear may suddenly wash away.  Walk steadily with God whatever comes into your life.”

God’s Question: Will you seek creative ways to give others a break?

God’s Promise: As you do to others you are doing to Me!

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for the gift of contentment with my lot in life.

I am sorry I am not trying harder to give others a break.

Thank You for Your patient understanding of my failures.

Help me be patient with what I perceive are others faults.

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