Don’t Get Left Out In The Rain
“And they (the animals) 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.” Genesis 7:15-16
I remember times of revival services in my church and the many sermons I was exposed to throughout my life. I have been exposed to the truths of God’s Word, and I am without excuse for any lack of obedience in my life. I have felt the powerful conviction of the Holy Spirit and I have physically become ill as I fought against His conviction. I have also mocked the warnings of God, and I blew them off as if the warnings would never come to fruition. I have tried to resist the Holy Spirit's conviction only to find my wicked heart was no match for His power.
I was living in Chicago, but spent a summer in Phoenix when I was 20 years old because I had met someone I thought I was in love with. I was in Arizona for three weeks when I realized she was sweet on someone else, and the sole reason I was out here seemed to be a moot point. Most of my family is from Phoenix, so the summer was not lost as I got to spend time with family. I recall going to a party and being involved in things I should not have been. I was enjoying myself when a thought came into my mind which startled me.
I was convicted as I sat there doing what I knew was wrong, and it was as if God was there pointing His finger at me. Well, I failed to realized that wherever I went, I took Him with me as He indwelled me when I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior. I felt guilty and immediately stopped what I was doing and wanted to leave. My cousins did not understand, and I really did not know how to explain it. I would like to say it scared me into righteous living for the rest of my life, but I soon forget and went about my worldly ways. I suffered the consequences for my wrongful actions and I lost whatever testimony I had, and did little to nothing to promote the Gospel. I look back at those times and wish I would have heeded the call of God to turn to Him instead of the things that brought me no joy or peace, but rather heartbreak.
I think of Noah and the wicked people who saw him building the ark day after day. I wonder what their thoughts were as they saw someone who walked with God, building something they had never seen, preparing for an event they had never experienced. I'm sure that Noah, being a godly man, warned those nearby about the impending judgement of God. I Peter 3:20 states, “Which sometime (formerly) were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” The warnings were given but only eight souls heeded the warning and got into the ark. Matthew 7:13-14 states, “Enter ye in at the strait (narrow) gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait (narrow) is the gate, and narrow (difficult) is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? I think of how God shut the door of the ark to secure the safety of the eight souls within, but it also stopped those who would try to enter in once the floods came. God gave ample opportunities to heed the warnings, but they continued in their wickedness and unbelief and their fatal decision sealed their eternal destiny to destruction. II Corinthians 6:2 states, “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured (helped) thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” May today be the day you come to salvation and may today be the day you turn to Him.
Maybe you have accepted God as your Savior, but you are not heeding to the warnings He has given you. Do you realize our life is a vapor and our time on earth will soon be over? Do you realize that warnings unheeded will lead to grave consequences? May we open our hearts to God before it is too late and He shuts the door due to our disobedience or unbelieving hearts. Will you heed the warnings today or will you continue to think tomorrow will be that day? Stay in the fight! Saso