Actions Speak Louder Than Words

We will be posting a number of devotionals written by President Jul Medenblik for the Today series. This devotional originally appeared in the 2006 July – August volume for August 4.

Passage: Genesis 7:1-5

“Noah did all that the Lord commanded him.” Genesis 7:5

We usually think of a conversation as words that people speak to one another. But every conversation between people also contains “nonverbal” elements. Arms crossed may mean “I don’t agree with what you say.” Hands rubbed across the face may mean “I’m frustrated with you and what you are saying.” Different cultures have different nonverbal cues that help a conversation begin and continue.

In our reading for today we’re introduced to Noah and his family. Noah is described earlier as “a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). Noah is a person who lets his actions speak for him. To neighbors who are filled with wickedness, Noah stands out by not following the crowd. Noah stands alone, and he stands for God. The Bible says that when God spoke to Noah, Noah responded with actions. In Noah’s case, actions spoke louder than words.

In our conversations with God, we may be tempted to focus on the verbal. We might even want to bargain with God at times. In those moments, we need to be faithful. When God commands, our response should be obedience, not a display of our verbal skills. Will God find that our actions speak out of our heart’s connection to him?

PRAYER

God of wonders, guide us to seek your glory and be agents who magnify your name by pointing to you—in word and in deed. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

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