Daily Devotional – I’m Normal.™ I AM Ministries
“To promote Godly living in a culture committed to destroying it”
Friday, August 1, 2014
As Noah made final preparations on the ark God had commanded him to build, things seemed to be going well. The structure was completed and the animals were filing into the ark two-by-two, just as God had desired. After all were inside, the LORD shut Noah in (Genesis 7:16). Noah was sealed inside the ark whether he wanted to be or not. Because God Himself had shut the door, there was no way of escaping, even if he had tried. Noah’s future was riding entirely on the vehicle God had designed for this adventure.
Despite the great faith Noah exhibited by following God’s command to build the ark, there may have been a moment of trepidation when the door was finally slammed shut with divine finality. No one had ever seen a flood, so Noah must have pondered what such an event would entail. Moreover, Noah knew not how long he and his family would live on board the ark or whether they would ever get off. Imagine the thought of spending the remainder of your life on the world’s all-time largest floating barn.
Despite the uncertainties, God’s seal on the ark was actually a loving gift. A human being as we all are, Noah could easily have panicked when he witnessed “all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the Heavens were opened” (Genesis 7:11). Evasive action was not an option – had he left the ark, he would have drowned.
Noah had spent 120 years building the ark (Genesis 6:3). During this time, he had been enduring the scoffing and taunting and mocking of those who were full of wickedness. He had suffered those whose “every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts were only evil all the time” (Genesis 6:5). These same people may have decided suddenly they wanted to be part of Noah’s “crazy” project. Filled with wickedness and evil, God sealed them out of the ark, just as He had sealed Noah in for his own protection.
Noah and his seven family members would spend over a year on the ark. It provided physical salvation to keep them alive as all around them were perishing. Every other man, woman and child on the entire Earth was destroyed. The ark was Noah’s saving grace and his only hope of a future. He had put his faith in the LORD and His judgment. Thus, he received life instead of the punishment of death. To be in the ark was to be saved from judgment. To be outside the ark meant inevitable destruction.
The ark provided the vehicle God chose to save Noah and his family from physical death. Today, the ark serves as an illustration of the vehicle God has given us for our own spiritual salvation – faith in Jesus Christ. Noah’s faith in entering the ark is similar to us placing our faith in Jesus Christ so we do not face eternal destruction. Both are acts of faith. Each depends not on understanding or scientific principles, but the belief in a God who always delivers on His promises.
The people of Noah’s day did not consider him normal or what he was doing was normal. They scoffed and laughed at the idea of a Great Flood. They did not believe God would bring such a judgment on His people. As the Bible reveals, they were wrong. They were not sealed in the ark and were drowned.
Today, many are scoffing at the idea of God bringing His promised judgment on the world. Many doubt the saving power of Jesus Christ. Many don’t believe a loving God would wipe out massive amounts of humanity. Many believe any god will get you into Heaven and save you. Others don’t believe in God at all.
Anyone who is not a believer in the LORD Jesus Christ will suffer a similar fate to those who were outside the ark in the time of Noah. If you have placed your faith outside the ark of Jesus Christ, you will surely perish. Jesus Christ is God’s chosen vehicle for our eternal salvation just as the ark was for Noah’s salvation from the floodwaters.
We are sealed in the promise of Jesus Christ. This assures our salvation just as Noah’s being sealed in the ark assured his. God has promised us eternal life through His Son if only we believe. God won’t allow others break into our ark of salvation through Jesus Christ just as He prevented those of Noah’s time to threaten his security (John 10:29).
Following God’s plan of salvation is normal and sure whether the vehicle is an ark or His Son Jesus Christ. It is by grace through faith we are saved (Ephesians 2:8), just as Noah was saved by his faith in God. Make sure you are normal and sealed in by your faith in the blood Jesus Christ shed for you.
In His love and service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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