Well, another Monday has come and gone and all day long I could think of nothing but doors. I know that’s pretty weird isn’t it? Not just doors, but the doors that are open right now and doors that will be slammed shut, never to be opened again. Have you ever been on the side of a door that was slammed in your face? It’s not a nice feeling is it? It might even make you mad and you might even ask yourself, ” why did they do that?” Or… you might knock on the door again only to find that now no one is there to open it. Even though you know someone was just there…so you start knocking faster…and faster…louder and harder until you find yourself frantically pounding on the door with all your might…you might even be screaming ” let me in! I know you are there! Why won’t you let me in?” Your fists hurt and your knuckles are bloody and bruised, but you still can’t get in and you crumble in a heap outside the door.
What has happened?
Then God shut the door behind him.
Noah did everything God told him to do. After Noah and his family boarded the ark, God shut the door. He didn’t shut the door on them-he shut the door on the world outside of the ark. God saw how wicked the people of the earth had become and it grieved him. ( Genesis 6:5) God decided that he was going to bring a flood on the Earth that would destroy everything alive under Heaven. Total destruction. But he spared Noah and his family because Noah was a man of integrity and he walked with God. (MSG)
People had been given a chance to do the right thing from the beginning of time, but no one listened. Finally, God got fed up with it and decided enough was enough. He couldn’t bear to watch it any longer. So he took matters into his own hands and well…we all know what happened next. Noah and his family boarded the ark and God shut the door. I imagine it sounded something like this…
It’s eerie isn’t it?
Once the door shut- time was up for everyone else on the outside of that door. Oh what misery that must have been. And how about for the people inside the ark? They heard and watched their families and friends dying. I cannot get the screams of agony out of my mind. If I don’t get anything else out my Bethel Bible Study-this one passage has changed how I view time.
I believe that as we live out each day we get closer and closer to the time that Jesus will come back to take us home. We don’t know what day or what time He will come, we just know that He will. In this very moment, we have time to share the gospel with someone. We have time to offer salvation. We have time to show someone God’s love through a kind act. We have the time to offer forgiveness and to be forgiven. We have time to obey God’s commands and heed his warnings. We have time to repent. We have time to weep. We have time to heal. We have time to love and be loved.
In the next moment it may be too late just as it was for the woman and her child weeping outside the door of the ark, wailing on the door to get in. That could’ve been me, that could’ve been you, that could’ve been a brother or a sister. But thank God it wasn’t. Thank God we have time-right now. The flood is not a romantic story of saving Noah and his family. It is a tragic story of the loss of the lives of countless people on earth. People who were created in God’s image. People who had the ability to be good but who chose not to.
“The Deluge” by Gustave Dore ( Noah’s Flood)
The Flood by Michelangelo
Bonaventures Peeter the Elder “The Great Flood”
I know this post is a hard teaching and God never said it would be easy. My heart aches for those who don’t know the Lord and we have time, right now, today, to get out of ourselves ( and I am speaking to myself here) and into the world and get to work building relationships and sharing God’s wonderful all encompassing love with people who have never had it, don’t know anything about it or even how to get it. People who live right next to us, people who have problems and people who need to know they are loved. We have a chance now. God is giving us time because he wants everyone to have a chance to get to know Him for themselves. He doesn’t want this to happen again. I don’t either. Please don’t waste time. It is precious and so are you.
You are loved…