Sunday, November 1, 2015

Let God Close the Door!

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Noah was 600 years old when he went into the boat to escape the flood, and he did everything the Lord had told him to do. His wife, his sons, and his daughters-in-law all went inside with him.  He obeyed God and took a male and a female of each kind of animal and bird into the boat with him.   Seven days later a flood began to cover the earth.  The water under the earth started gushing out everywhere, the sky opened like windows, and rain poured down for 40 days and nights. All this began on the seventeenth day of the second month of the year.  On that day Noah and his wife went into the boat with their three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and their wives.  They took along every kind of animal, tame and wild, including the birds.   Noah took a male and a female of every living creature with him,  just as God had told him to do. And when they were all in the boat, the Lord closed the door.

Genesis 7:5-16
Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord and this man of God did everything that God told him to do.  We can all thank the Lord for the faithfulness of Noah, because without Noah none of us would have ever been born. 

The final act in the saving of Noah, his family and all of the animals was done by God Himself.  God shut the door!  What would have happened if God had not shut the door to the ark?  In simple terms, the boat would have sunk and all those on it would have drowned like the world around them. 

Some followers of Jesus have done everything that God has told them to do, but when it comes time for God to shut the door of their hearts to the world around them they say: "Oh Lord please let me leave the door open just a while longer.  Let me enjoy the world around me and still be saved by You from Hell!" 

They figuratively put their foot in the door to hold it open for as long as they can, hoping that they will be able to shut the world out just in time to avoid perishing with the world around them.  If Noah had done that the story may have ended quite differently.

"Lord Jesus, the floods are raging all around me and yet I have been holding the door of my heart open!  Please Lord, like you did for Noah on the Ark shut the door of my heart so that I will be saved from the judgement that is coming on this world.  And may You be praised forever.  Amen."

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