The Lord shut him in
'And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.'
I devour books! I love reading biographies of the great and the good. Over the past few months I have been reading about the exploits of men and women of extraordinary commitment and courage. Not all of them have been Christians.
I have studied the lives of
those who have conquered Mount Everest, those who have crossed the Antarctic and
Arctic on foot and those who have sailed singlehandedly around the globe.
Each of them had a goal. They were all dedicated to the task in hand and nothing could make them deviate them from fulfilling their objectives. Courage, determination, grit and forbearance saw many of them through. The finest, however, lived by faith!
I cannot help but think of Noah
in the same light. Against fearful odds and no doubt endless criticism he
courageously honoured His God by obeying His command to the letter. He never
wavered in his task nor questioned it; he simply got on with the job.
Those most committed are those
whom God Himself has shut in to the task. They seek not their own glory but the
Master's. They are totally committed to the work they have been called to do.
Perhaps it was after he had
finished his task and he and his family were safely inside the Ark that the
inevitable questions would start to make his faith to waiver.
Have you ever thought of how he felt in those days?
His work and his faith were
rewarded as God Himself sealed him into the Ark. It is as if God showed His
approval of Noah's work, concluding it Himself by shutting Noah in. Noah and his
family could not have been in a safer place.
There is a Judgement facing each one of us as we head swiftly towards eternity. Life will come to an end for us all whether we choose to believe it or not. The testimony of the world in 2003 seems no different from what it was in Noah's day. Sin abounds! God is not mocked, and sin must be punished.
Those who do not have their sins forgiven face God's wrath and a lost eternity. If we continually refuse God's way of salvation then there will be no escape - an eternity in hell awaits. Do we understand this? Do we believe this to be the Truth?
Our God is a merciful and gracious God and He has provided a way of escape, a way of salvation. God sent His Son Jesus Christ into this world to redeem a people unto Himself. Sin had to be punished and blood had to be shed in order that sinners would be saved.
Christ died in the room and place of sinners on the cross at Calvary. He bore in His own body the punishment due to us for our sins. He bore God's wrath and curse in order that we might be set free. He died and rose again, God showing His approval openly on resurrection morn.
Jesus Christ is our Ark. God has made provision for a safe passage for His chosen people. The free offer of the Gospel is open to both you and to me today. It is time for you and I to enter into the Ark and find safety before Judgement day comes.
A word for those who may wonder
whether they are saved or not.
Once saved we cannot be lost!
Salvation does not depend upon our good works or us; it is totally dependent on the finished work of Christ. It is all of grace.
If you will but trust your soul
to Him today then you will be saved.
With God on our side we can
also do great exploits for Him. Our time on earth is short and our dedication to
our Master should be just as visible to those around us as the Ark was in its
Author: Iain Mackenzie Edited by : Pastor Al Moak