TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, September 23, 2020:
The man who built the Ark.
So, God said to Noah, I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Can you even begin to imagine how you would respond if God gave you a message like he gave Noah in Genesis 6:13-14 (above)? We are told how Noah reacted. “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:22). God had made it clear to all the people that they needed to repent from their evil ways and they did not respond.
The sin of the people so grieved God that He was sorry He had made man (Genesis 6:7). In Genesis 6:8-9 we read that “Only Noah was found righteous because he walked with God.”
We can learn from the life of Noah how God wants us to respond to Him when He speaks to us. When God speaks to us it is a command not a suggestion. When God spoke to Noah and told him to build an ark, Noah listened and obeyed. He got right to work and did all that God commanded him to do.
There are three ways that God revealed to Noah the gospel of the grace of God and His will for Noah’s life.
First, God spoke to Noah by word of mouth. In Acts 3:21 we read that God spoke to Noah by the mouth of his predecessors. Noah probably received God’s Word from Methuselah, who probably was taught by Adam. Methuselah was 253 years old when Adam died and lived 600 years after Noah was born. He was Noah’s grandfather and Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord through his grandfather. God continues today to speak to unbelievers by word of mouth, person to person. All we who believe in Jesus are His messengers to spread the Gospel message by word of mouth to unbelievers.
Secondly, God spoke to Noah through written records. Adam must have created a language and a vocabulary that he reduced to writing because the scripture says that Adam gave a name to all the birds of the air and beasts of the field that God created. Adam created this language and vocabulary to express every thought and Noah must have had access to that. Today we have the Bible, the written Word of God through which God communicates to us.
Finally, God spoke to Noah verbally. God clearly revealed His will to Noah in spoken words as is evident in the verse we have written above. When the ark was ready, He once again spoke to Noah and told him to enter the ark (Genesis 7:1). When the flood ended and the land was dry, God told Noah to come out of the ark. God clearly spoke to Noah to reveal His will and He continues to speak in many different ways to men today to make known His will.
God speaks to us through His Holy Spirit and through the Word of God. In the past 6000 years God has spoken to men through dreams, through angels or even a voice from heaven. In Noah’s case God was able to save Noah and his family because Noah was ready and willing to listen to God because he was walking with God (Genesis 6:9). God will reveal His will for all who are willing to listen. Are you ready and listening for God to talk to you?
Our memory verse for this week is found in Mark 11:25.
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you and your sins.
Thank You for the example of faith and obedience that You have given us in the account of the life of Noah. May our family be willing to listen to Your voice and keep us faithful in obeying Your Word.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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