“So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.”Genesis 6:22 (NLT)
The last time my wife and I flew was on Southwest Airlines. If you’ve flown Southwest, then you know they don’t have reserved seating. Everyone boards in groups, and you take a seat that is available. The flight was full, and it was apparent that Cindy and I would not be able to sit together, so we found two seats where she was sitting in front of me, and I was sitting in the exit row. This was good for me, because there was more leg room! But then I had to listen carefully while the stewardess questioned us to make sure we were up for the responsibility. I then took out the card from the seat pocket to learn exactly what I must do should the plane crash land. Now I’ve been on planes enough to know that when the flight crew goes through their emergency instruction presentation, most people put it on auto-pilot (pardon the pun). But what if we were all convinced that the plane was going down? Do you think everyone would be attentive to know what they must do to save their lives?
God told Noah that because violence filled the earth, He was going to destroy all living creatures, and Noah was convinced! Therefore, Noah was all ears when God told him what he must do to save himself, his family, and all the creatures God was going to bring to him. Even though it was an incredibly daunting task that would take Noah and his three sons an estimated 55-75 years, Noah followed God’s specified instructions to the letter. Consequently, he saved himself and his household (not to mention lions, tigers, bears, birds, spiders, and snakes).
“By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”Hebrews 11:7 (ESV)
The Bible tells us that the end of all things is at hand (1 Peter 4:7). Are we fully convinced? Are we listening carefully to what God tells us we must do to save ourselves and our families? We have been given an “ark of refuge” in Jesus Christ. He is the Door we must enter to save ourselves and have eternal life (John 10:7-10). We are not required to put forth nearly as much effort as Noah, for God has done the work.
“Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.’”John 6:29 (NKJV)
By faith we must listen to God and do what He tells us to do to escape the judgment to come. May God help us enter through that Door and find rest, safety and everlasting life. And may we be watching for those whom God would bring us to take aboard!
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