Today’s devotion centers around this thought “The Day When God Shuts The Door!” My text is Genesis 7:15-17, where we see “And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.” (KJV)
In I Peter 2:5, we see that Noah was a preacher of righteousness. “And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;” (KJV) Noah preached for 120 years, warning the people in his day of the coming worldwide flood and informing the people of God’s provision of the ark of safety and salvation. The people grew tired of hearing Noah preach against their sin and warning of judgment to come. No doubt, Noah was ignored, possibly harassed and probably many would “roll their eyes” at him as he would compassionately and courageously give them the Word of God.
But the day came when the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and it began to rain. As the waters began to rise, I wonder how important the message that Noah preached became to them? I wonder how they felt as the Word of God that Noah preached began ringing in their ears? They remembered the ark and maybe they began running toward it but found the door that was once open, now shut. Many people act as if they will live forever, pursuing things that they have placed more important than God’s salvation. Many people die and end up in Hell because they didn’t have time for God in their life, and many will be left behind at the Rapture and find the door of salvation forever shut to them because they wouldn’t repent and trust Jesus Christ to save them. In II Corinthians 6:2 we read, “…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (KJV)
Pastor Joey Durham