“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” - James 1:12 NIV


I recently sat with friends who told me this: “What we have learned in the secret place, in the presence of God, in the hearing and doing of the Word, has become costly to us in the natural. We have had friends question us, accusations thrown at us, and seen friendships lost – BUT we know that what God says in his Word is truth and He reveals His heart for mankind; therefore, we must live it out no matter the cost!”


I wonder if Noah felt the same. God told him to build an ark (Genesis 6:9-22) in the middle of a draught. He invested an overwhelming amount of his time, his resource, and likely his finances to complete what God had asked him to do. I wonder if his peers and those around him would have questioned what he was doing. If they mocked him, thought him to be quite absurd, and probably crazy. Yet, he was obedient to what God had spoken; day after day, year after year, decade after decade, until the ark was complete. Noah’s perseverance paid off in the end when God blessed him and his family and established a covenant that, “Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth” (Genesis 9:11).


Many times, as we live by faith, following the word of God, it will cost us in the natural. You may feel misunderstood, like an outcast, ‘am I the only one who feels this way?’ or just plain crazy. It may cost you friendships, finance, time, and more. It is tempting and almost easy to shrink back, give up, or think ‘it’s just not worth it.’ BUT as you live in obedience to God, with a resolve to move past that and fulfill what He has called you to, He will be faithful to meet you there. If you are in the middle of a trial today, be encouraged: the cost is worth it. There is no greater reward than living in obedience to God’s will. He is always faithful, always fulfills His promise, and will never fail you!


Stephanie Sohnchen
Executive Assistant to Ps. Henry & Alex Seeley