God said to Noah, “Set the door of the ark in its side” (Gen. 6:16 NKJV). Metaphorically speaking, God has also provided the door for us to enter His salvation ark: “Jesus said ... ‘I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved” (Jn. 10:9). And He invites us to join Him there: “Come into the ark, you and all your household” (Gen. 7:1). God would never ask us to go where He’s not going to be with us. His invitation to “come” is to all who have “found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Gen. 6:8).
Once in the ark, God’s care continues. Consider His security system: “Those that entered … went in as God had commanded him, and the Lord shut him in” (Gen. 7:16). Like Noah and his family, once in God’s care, we can’t fall out, because God shuts the door and holds the key. When we’re with Him we’re safe and secure, kept by Him and for Him.
Only eight people were preserved from the destruction of that wicked generation whose “every intent … was only evil continually” (Gen 6:5). Some writers say that the number eight stands for a new beginning – and that it was! As they set up housekeeping in the ark for the coming adventure, it would be a time of patiently trusting God in a new creation: “If any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).
God also told Noah “to make a window for the ark … finish it to a cubit from above” (Gen. 6:16). By placing the window at the top He directed Noah’s view to “things above.” In His salvation ark today He also wants us to be looking up at “every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph. 1:3), rather than down at the death and destruction that is so much a part of the world around us. He says, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col. 3:2).
Have you entered God’s ark by His door? Are you enjoying the view?
By Larry Ondrejack
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org