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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

8- The Timing Of God Image: Rainbow صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: قوس قزح Image: Rainbow

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: قوس قزح

2- The Timing Of God

The following were described as men of faith “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed

that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. “ (Heb. 11:13), these people waited for the things promised in faith, and believed in what the Lord said to them.

And things promised “Which God has prepared for those who love Him” were all unseen matters, as explained by the apostle as “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man” (1 Cor. 2:9).

God’s warnings are also unseen things. Noah believed the Lord when He said that He will flood the whole world even though floods were unknown to Noah. No flood had ever happened before in his days or the days of his ancestors. However, he believed that this which never happened before, would happen. He laboured to complete the ark, enduring the mockery from others, these were years of faith.

Noah heeded to the warning of God, and was therefore considered a man of faith. Through faith he had seen the flood before it happened. Through faith, he entered the ark with his wife, his sons and his son’s wives. Our teacher Saint Paul teaches us, “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household “ (Heb. 11:7). The others, who did not heed God’s warning, and had no faith in God’s truth were destroyed.

Lot and the city of Sidom also experienced God's warning before it happened. As this was the first time that fire came down from heaven, it was also the first time that a flood happened in the time of Noah.

The people of Sidom who did not accept the warning of God were destroyed as were who also did not believe it in the days of Noah.

God’s warning in regard to eternity and judgement lies ever before us. In spite of this, many are still immersed in evil and sin as if God had not warned them. They do not fear God in their hearts or judgement in eternity.

We spoke about God, His attributes and works, His promises and warmings as unseen matters, we should also add that:

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