“It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before.” (Hebrews 11:7 NLT)
The moment you take a step of faith related to your finances, family, career, or spiritual growth— the moment you set any kind of goal—there will be people who say, “who do you think you are? It can't be done, forget about it!” They might be critics and cynics in the community. They might even be your friends and family. But the biggest doubts will come from the way you talk to yourself. You're the most influential doubter in your life. The question is whose voice are you going to listen to?
Faith means listening to God’s voice and not the voices of doubt, no matter who they belong too.
Just imagine all the doubters in Noah’s life. How would you like to be Noah’s next or neighbor? “That guy Noah, he thinks God speaks to him, but he’s just ruining all of our property values by building that boat in his front yard.” And imagine the pressure Noah I got from his own family: “why can’t you just get a normal job? Everybody thinks we’re weird.” The Bible tells us that Noah listened to God. And what did he hear?
“God warned him about things that had never happened before” (Hebrews 11:7 NLT), things no one had ever seen or imagined. There had never been a flood. In fact, there had never even been rain. The Bible tells us the earth was watered by a mist that came up from the ground (Genesis 2:6).
Noah could have easily doubted himself. He could've dismissed God’s voice as a bad pizza from the night before. He could have second guessed God's instructions: “I'm not sure about this flood. But maybe I'll invent the umbrella, just in case.”
Noah didn't listen to the voices of doubt from without or within. In faith, Noah followed God's instructions.
Has God told you to do something you have never done before? Do what Noah did. Step out in faith. Listen to God, not your doubts.
What did you hear?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________
What do you think?
How does it apply to your life? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________
What will you do?
Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________
Now talk to God
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you. ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________