"And they 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."
God provided only one door into the Ark. Noah and his family went through it and when they were on board the Scripture says, "God shut him in." The fate of all those outside was sealed for the God who shut the door is the God who shuts and no man can open; the God who opens a door that no man can shut (Revelation 3:7, 8). But just as the fate of the people outside the Ark was sealed, so Noah could rest in the security of knowing that the door which locked the unbelievers out, was the door which kept the believers in. Noah was locked in. He couldn't get out! God kept him that way, so Noah would be saved through the Flood and delivered safely into the new earth.
There was no rudder on the Ark, no man-made engine, no sails. Noah couldn't control the Ark once he was in it. God gave Noah the design for the Ark, deliberately making it impossible for Noah to steer it his way. The Ark ended up on Ararat not because of chance winds, but because God controlled Noah's salvation--Noah just had to follow God's plan to build the Ark.
Our relationship with the Lord Jesus is the same. He is the only door we can be saved through. He promises that no man can take us out of His hand (John 10:29), yet, like Noah, we are commanded to work out our salvation (Philippians 2:12), giving everything over to our Father's hands, following His will to be delivered safely into the new heaven and the new earth (Rev. 21 & 22).
Editor's Note: John Mackay is the director of Creation Research www.creationresearch.net, with headquarters at P. O. Box 260, Capalaba, Queensland 4157, Australia,
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Mr. Mackay is an excellent speaker for biblical creation and its supporting scientific evidences. The above devotional is reprinted from Vol. 4, No. 2 of their news bulletin.