Get into the Ark
Here’s the truth …
As a young child, one of my favorite stories in the Bible was of Noah and the Ark. I loved hearing about all the various animals that he took care of. I would picture them in my mind as they walked two by two into the ark. I could see the tall giraffes and fat hippos, as well as the tiny little tree frogs and snails, all entering the ark. I wondered, “How did Noah manage the skunks, porcupines, and snakes?” I could almost envision the lightening, thunder, and wind as the storm began and then as the waters flooded the earth. Finally, I would picture the rainbow of promise appearing to Noah and his family. As an adult, it is still one of my favorites but for a different reason.
God’s Word says, “And the Lord said unto Noah, ‘Come thou and all thy house into the ark’” (Genesis 7:1a KJV). As I read this, I realized that God still says that to us today. The ark was a place of refuge from the storm and flood. It also became Noah's salvation from certain death that would come with the flood. According to Genesis, we see that it took Noah somewhere around 55-75 years to build the ark. During that time, Noah tried to convince people to join him in obeying God and getting into the ark. Sadly, however, we read, that even though everyone living at that time had the same opportunity as Noah did to enter that ark, only Noah and his family did. Everyone else died because he/she failed to obey God and get into the ark.
Now that may seem very cruel for God to do this, but we see a deeper meaning here. God wanted people to obey Him and do things His way. Unfortunately, people refused to listen and obey and, in doing so, turned their backs on God and His salvation, forever paying the price for their sin.
I see this in the world we live in today. Many people, even those in our own churches, are content to keep living in the world and doing things their way instead of obeying God. They believe they will still have time to enter the ark, before it's too late, just like the people in Noah's day did. They will perhaps place one foot in the ark while keeping their other foot in the world. They want to continue living in the sinful pleasure that the world offers.
Satan is good at deceiving us. He urges us to believe that we have all the time in the world. We can slowly obey God. We can slowly change our ways. We can slowly get out of the world. This is not found anywhere in the Bible. God demands that we live holy, set apart lives now. There is no compromise with God. It's total submission and surrender to Him.
I remember as a young child, my family and I would go camping every year. One particular summer day, while we were camping, my friend and her family came to visit us. My dad and her dad decided to go fishing. As her dad put one foot into the canoe, he kept one foot on the dock, trying to keep his balance and reach for his tackle box. As he reached for the box on the dock, the canoe started slipping further and further from the dock. And as it did, his legs got further and further apart! Splash! Into the lake he went!
We laugh at that, but isn't that what we are doing spiritually? We are trying to keep one foot on the dock (the world) and one foot in the ark while the two start drifting apart. We just cannot do this or we will fall right into the lake. God wants people who are 100% in the boat. We need to surrender our lives and wills to Him and let Him be the Captain. We need to ask God to show us the areas in our lives in which we are disobeying Him. Perhaps it is a critical spirit, a prideful and arrogant heart, a discontentment with what we have or don't have. Maybe we are saying things we shouldn't be saying or going places that are not pleasing to God. If we are acting just like unbelievers, what then is setting us apart as children of God?
The rest of Genesis 7:1 reads, “for thee have I seen righteous before Me in this generation” (KJV). Is that how God sees me? Is that how God sees you? Are we living a righteous life in our generation?
The Apostle Paul urges us in Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (KJV).
This is the kind of life we are to be living as Christians: sacrificial, holy, acceptable unto God. We can't do this while conforming to the world's standards. Just as God said to Noah, we can hear Him say to us, “Come … into the ark.”
Won't you join me and get in?