Daily Devotion for June 5, 2017

'He Shut Them In'

Genesis 6:9, 13-14, 17-18, 22: 7:11, 13-16 NLT

This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God. So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth! Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior...

“Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives...” 

So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.

When Noah was 600 years old, on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the underground waters erupted from the earth, and the rain fell in mighty torrents from the sky...That very day Noah had gone into the boat (as God had commanded) with his wife and his sons—Shem, Ham, and Japheth—and their wives. With them in the boat were pairs of every kind of animal—domestic and wild, large and small—along with birds of every kind. Two by two they came into the boat, representing every living thing that breathes. A male and female of each kind entered, just as God had commanded Noah. Then the Lord closed the door behind them.

I was reading some commentary on this portion of Scripture this morning, and it was such a blessed reminder and encouragement! I pass on the comments to you, friend...

#1: Did you notice how both the creation and Noah did “exactly as God had commanded” them? That is, did you notice how Noah built the boat, the animals came two by two on their own (because they were obeying God), and then Noah and his family got in when God said? There were no problems gathering the animals because “God took care of the details of that job, while Noah was doing his part.” Unfortunately, this is often just the opposite of what we Believers do. We often “worry about the details over which we have no control, while neglecting specific areas (seeking Him first, obeying Him, doing what we have been given to do, and walking “in close fellowship with God”) that are under our own control.” Brothers and sisters in Christ: like Noah, “we need to concentrate on what God has given us to do and leave the rest to” Him (NLT Life Application Study Bible).

#2: Also notice that “as Noah continued his obedience to God, so God continued His care of Noah: and here it appeared to be a very distinguishing care; for the shutting of this door set up a partition wall between him and all the world besides” (Matthew Henry). “Noah was shut in away from all the world by (God's) hand of divine love” (Charles Spurgeon). He “was so shut in that no evil could reach him. Floods did but lift him heavenward, and winds did but waft him on his way. Outside the ark all was ruin, but inside all was rest and peace.” This is just as it is with Christ as our Savior, friends: “Without Christ we perish, but in Christ we are shut in and eternally protected by God's love.” Shut in by the blood of Jesus, “there is perfect safety. Eternal faithfulness has shut (us Believers) in, and (nothing) can drag (us) out” (Charles Spurgeon). We believers are safely shut in by His grace because the Lord closed the door!”

Heavenly Father: help us Believers increasingly do “everything exactly as (You have) commanded” us—seeking You first, obeying You, walking “in close fellowship with” Your Son—so we correctly concentrate on what You have given us to do while leaving the rest to You. Moreover, we thank You for eternally shutting us in! As we continue in obedience to You, we know You continue Your care of us—a “distinguishing care” that leaves us perfectly safe: in “rest and peace” we travel as the floods lift us where You desire us to be, as the winds drive us the way You desire us to go. We ask Your Spirit's help  remembering this, Lord, so we seek Your will and way while leaving the details to You...


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