In yesterday’s devotion, we discussed the massive work Noah’s family dedicated for decades building the ark. The ark was so huge it could fit seven college-sized basketball courts on each of its three levels! I can’t imagine what it took to complete.
What accomplishment are you particularly proud of? Your culinary skills? A sports championship? First chair in band? An academic award? Your career? Your kids?
We tend to find our worth in what we do. When we’re asked to tell others about ourselves, we often start with our work. We look to see how we measure up to others and then base our value on that comparison. The devil knows this and feeds into our insecurity or pride, depending upon whom it is we’re comparing ourselves to.
That’s why I love what God did with Noah. Noah built a floating zoo and saved humanity. But to stop Noah from sinking into pride, watch the brilliance of God’s wisdom. All the animals marched two by two into the ark. The rains were coming. “Then the Lord shut him in” (Genesis 7:16). The door to the ark was wide enough for an elephant and tall enough for a giraffe. Without the Lord sealing them in, Noah’s work was worthless.
The same is true for you. Use well the abilities the Lord has given you, but don’t find your worth in your work. Your worth is in the Lord, in his love for you as he seals you in faith and gives worth to your work.