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Not too long ago, it was raining nonstop for two days in our area. At times it rained so hard that I found myself singing a childhood song “rain, rain go away, come back another day.” I had so many errands and chores that needed done outsides the home, but the rain just wouldn’t stop and I didn’t want to take the chance of getting drenched in the process of trying to get to my car. While sitting here listening to the rain and wondering if it would ever stop, it took my thoughts to the Bible story of Noah. Noah survived 40 days and 40 nights of nonstop rain while secured in an Ark he built by instructions from God.
In the sixth chapter of Genesis we read God called Noah; gave him plans for building an Ark, and explains to Him the need for building an Ark. Since Adam and Eve, mankind had become very evil and God explained to Noah that He was going to send rain to the earth that would cause a major flood. Verses 5-6 actually says: “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continual. And it repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.” And verses 8-9 read, “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD…..Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” What an awesome statement to have Holy Spirit speak of any individual – “to have found grace in the eyes of the LORD!” The world was so evil in Noah’s day that wickedness abound everywhere and no one, other than Noah, called upon the LORD, how sad! The story of Noah is truly one of faith, which produced perservance, promise and absolute trust in God! Can you imagine living in a world in which evil abounds everywhere, yet you don’t allow the evil and the temptations of the world to corrupt you? Instead, you live your life in a “just” way that pleases the LORD and He says “you have found grace in My eyes!”
Noah was 500 years old when the LORD called him and gave him instructions for building the Ark. Noah didn’t hesitate or question the LORD!” What would you have done? Holy Spirits tells us that by faith, Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear and prepared an ark to the saving of his house; and because of his faith, Noah became an heir of righteousness.
Today’s culture is no different than Noah’s days! We are living in a world in which evil is called good and good is called evil! God is calling His Children to the safety of His Ark, which is Jesus. Just like the Ark had one way to enter, there is only one way to God – through Jesus! Many don’t believe in the “Rapture” of the Church, but as you thoroughly study the account and history of Noah, it is a good representation of how God is going to rescue his Children from the wrath that is to come, which also many don’t want to discuss. But, friends, just as the LORD warned Noah of judgment, God is warning the world today! Judgment is coming, we have turned our backs on God! Laws are being changed promoting sin in the hopes it will ease our conscience about sin, but changing laws doesn’t eliminate sin. One day soon, as a thief in the night, Jesus will sound the trumpet and those who have placed their trust in God for salvation will be raptured up in the clouds to meet Jesus. Just before God sent the rain, He called Noah and his family to “Come Into The Ark” and He (God) closed the door. When God closed the door of the Ark, judgment came in the form of treacherous rain for 40 days and 40 nights destroying all living – man and creature.
Many reading this may think I am writing doom and gloom, but friends in light of what is going on in the world today, let’s not be like the people during Noah’s day. They waited until the door of the Ark was closed and when the rain came down, they began banging on the Ark for protection. It will be too late then! As Noah, put his trust and faith in the only One who can save him, we too must put our trust and faith in Jesus Christ for salvation and eternal life. Like Noah, don’t hestitate!