Scripture for the day: Genesis 6:5-8 “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, ‘I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.’ But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”
Fast forward from Noah’s time to now. Nothing has changed. Wickedness and evil are prevalent in our hearts today just as in Noah’s day, and I’m sure the Lord is grieved.
God had instructed Noah to build an ark, and he did so. He was obedient to God’s call on his life. 2 Peter 2:5 says, “and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly.”
God had Noah build an ark, a place of safety, and when the time was right God invited Noah inside and shut him in. God closed the door. Noah had done all that God commanded him to do, and He kept him safe. 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.” God kept His promise to Noah and protected him because he was righteous in God’s eyes.
With all the evil in our world, it isn’t hard to believe that God is fed up with man, grieved in His heart. The day of judgment is at hand. Our ark is in the atoning blood of Jesus. Just as pitch kept the ark sealed and safe, Jesus is our safe place. Jesus will protect us when the flood of God’s judgment comes upon the earth. His shed blood covers those who have accepted Him and have been granted His grace.
When will God’s patience with man end? Will it be today, tomorrow, next year? Matthew 24:36 says “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” It’s time to get ready. The day of judgment is nigh.
Song for the day: One Day
“Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me; buried, He carried my sins far away; rising, He justified freely forever: One day He’s coming–O glorious day!”