By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household,
— Hebrews 11.7
For just a moment, place yourself in Noah’s shoes. What an incredible challenge! Noah had no prior experience in ark building. It had never rained before. What would everyone else think while he labored to build an ark? Despite the challenges, Noah launched forth. Faith will find a way. God may be calling you to your own building project with which you have no prior experience. Or, He may be calling you to begin again something you’ve attempted many times before, but met with failure. Your failures and your past do not define you. Will you respond to God’s call? He is always working to teach you to depend on Him. And, as you learn to lean on Him, you will be amazed at His delivering and sustaining power, Ephesians 6.10. You can become more and more like Jesus. God will help you do what you once thought impossible.
What are some areas you need to stretch yourself? Is it:
- Overcoming a weakness of the flesh? Bringing your body under discipline? See 1 Corinthians 9.27.
- Finding victory in the battles with your tongue? See James 3.1-12.
- Seeing more of the good in those you love? Your spiritual family? See Ephesians 4.29-32.
- Freeing yourself from distractions – so you can know God more intimately? See Psalm 46.10a.
Faith will empower you to offer yourself as a complete sacrifice. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks, Hebrews 11.4.For Cain, life was all about Cain. For Abel, life was all about God. Selfishness and pride led Cain to destruction. Selfless devotion and trust in God led Abel to become a powerful example for us today, long after his death. When your faith is growing, you see the evidence of God’s work and constant companionship. His protection and promises will serve as motivation to follow Him wherever He leads.
Where is your heart? Have you sacrificed yourself so that you can know Him more? Embrace the power of faith and prepare to be amazed at what God can do with your life.