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Summer Devotional and Sermon Series

Week 4/Heroes: Noah

We don’t get much rain here in San Diego so when it does come, it is a welcome relief from the dry conditions that we live with for most of the year. I don’t mind a few rainy days in a row… in fact, listening to the rain falling on the roof often times helps me sleep. But to live through 40 days and 40 nights of constant rain while on a virtual floating zoo would definitely test my patience!

After completing the ark, Noah was told by God to gather the animals and his family and to enter the ark through the door. Looking back at Genesis 6:16 and the instructions for building the ark, we note that there was only one door included. There was only one way in and one way out. Once the animals and Noah and his family were safely inside, God himself shut that door and the rains began. It is interesting to note that after God told Noah to enter the ark, He actually waited 7 days before closing that door. (verse 4) To those outside the ark, He still offered an escape from certain death for those who chose to enter. Only those who had come in through the door were saved from the flood and certain death. It was the only means of salvation.

Sound familiar? In our lives today, there is one way and only one way to salvation… and that is through Jesus Christ. In the book of John 10:9, Jesus said “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved” The Bible also tells us that if we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead, we will be saved (Romans 10:9).

There is nothing we can do on our own that will save us from our sin—salvation is all God’s doing. The door is open to us all… all we need to do is to go through the doorway (Jesus), and God will save us. It is “by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).

Have you opened that gift of grace and walked through that door? It’s not too late!

Scripture

Genesis 7:1-24

Prayer

“I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Spirit has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.” What a gift you have given us through your grace unending. Let us heed that call of the Holy Spirit and walk through that door to eternal life with you. Amen