In the midst of a wicked generation, Noah found grace in the sight of God. God gave him instructions to build an ark. Noah didn’t even know the purpose of an ark. There had never been any water poured out on the earth at that time. In obedience to God, while the world around him was increasing in evil ways, Noah remained righteous and walked with God.
We are in the world, but not of the world. We, too, are righteous and strong in the Lord in the midst of evil. For us, the ark is Jesus Christ our Lord. We are righteous because we are in Him, and He is in us. As sin abounds, grace abounds much more. Noah means “rest.” We find our rest in our ark, the Christ. Evil cannot destroy us because of our position in Him; we have received eternal life.
The Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark.” He didn’t say, “Go into the ark,” which meant He was calling Him into a place where He was dwelling Himself. As the world is dealing with so much darkness, we tell everyone, as the Lord leads, “Come into the ark.” We tell them about the saving grace of our Lord. We invite people into a place where they see us dwell; a place of safety, love and glory. As we have received the Lord, we walk with Him, entering into a deeper relationship. The Lord is calling all of us, “come into the ark,” from glory to glory!
Genesis 7:1 “Then the LORD said to Noah, ‘Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.’ ”
How can we walk in safety in an unsafe world? In certainty in the midst of uncertainty? In love in the midst of hate? In peace in the midst of despair? How can we remain stable in the midst of so much instability?
Without a sense of security, we easily give way to doubt and fear. News of catastrophic events, terrorist attacks and natural disasters understandably adds fear to our sorrow. A positive outlook becomes difficult when the unexpected trials increase in frequency. The tardiness of a loved one stirs up worry and anxiety. A negative doctor’s report quickly brings thoughts of possible death. Even a high school graduate hesitates at the pursuit of higher education because of the uncertainty of his future. Jesus is our only hope. He enables us to remain unshakable.
When we turn to the Lord, we find He becomes a shelter we can count on in all circumstances. We can rest secure in His loving care. As our focus stays on Him, our security in Him grows. Our insecurities disappear as we see He always appears in our time of need. How faithful is our God! We look back on God’s protection in unsafe situations and trust Him, from glory to glory!
Psalms 61:3-4 “For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy.”
As we submit to the authority of God, any control that has been exercised in a wrong manner is healed layer by layer. By His Spirit, He reveals these areas to us and helps us recognize and minister to others, as He leads. The safety we find in the Lord helps us trust His ruling in our hearts.
Control is exercised in a wrong way when people put themselves in a place of authority that has not been given to them. They too quickly take over a situation without considering the timing, or other’s input, and assume their directives are the best. They try to get things to go their way, trusting it is the best way and the only way things should be done. Controlling others gives them a sense of value and helps them deal with their own insecurities and fear of failure. In their hearts they reason that if they order the sequences of an event or any happenings, including relationships, they will keep the upper hand and have no unpleasant surprises. Some unexpected hurts have happened in their past, and they feel if they are in control they can insure the hurts won’t happen again.
Only in Christ can we have safety, regain trust and learn to love and be loved in a healthy way. The more we surrender to the Lord, the more we relinquish all control to Him, and the more we are free from the control of others. The freedom we have in the spirit to move forward is no longer restricted. We can let go and let God be and do the impossible, from glory to glory!
1 Peter 5:5 “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ ”
To help us draw nigh unto God we can visualize reaching for His hand. It helps us to take-hold of His reality. Like a child whose hand is stretched forth to a parent seeking leading, guidance and comfort–we seek His hand at all times.
We seek Him the most when we know we can’t take a step without Him. Through humility and total surrender we reach into our hearts, and reach out to His grace and mercy. Many things can hinder our efforts. What we hold in our hands may need to be released. Perhaps we need to stop trying to grab hold of something or someone else. It may also be our fears and insecurities that prevent us from reaching forth boldly and wholly.
As we walk with the Lord we realize we need His guidance with every step—great or small. Trial or no trial, we desire to hold His hand. Holding His hand brings comfort when in sorrow and peace when at war. It brings safety and rest in every moment. We seek after Him because we love Him so and find He looks for us to reach out to Him from glory to glory!
Psalms 77:2 “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted.”
God is our Heavenly Father through the Spirit of adoption. The word Abba is Papa in Aramaic. Our Papa is a faithful provider, mighty protector and loving parent. There is no need to fear because Papa is near and He always comes to our rescue.
When we ask our Papa something, He doesn’t ignore us but delights in answering us, always. He doesn’t keep us in the dark but takes us out of the dark into His marvelous light. He teaches us how to be more like Him. He reveals who He is, and how He accomplishes His purposes. He is a great mentor. First He demonstrates how something is done; then He lets us do it with Him by our side, ready to catch us when we fall. He gently with love and patience helps us again and again until we succeed. With love and care He takes us to the finish line.
He loves us unconditionally. He desires the best for us. We can go to Him and ask Him anything, and He delights in answering. Whatever needs we have, He provides according to His riches in glory. When we get hurt, He picks us up and comforts and encourages us. As He continually leads us, we learn to trust that we are safe at all times. We rest and have surety in His arms, from glory to glory!
Romans 8:15 “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father.’ ”