Back in 2009, I remember having reason to go to Bahamian Paint to purchase some items.
At that time, I worked far from the paint company. To exacerbate that reality, the traffic on the highway was bumper to bumper. From where I was in the line, I could see the door of the company. I was praying and hoping I would make it there before the 5 pm closing.
Traffic continued to crawl at a snail’s pace. Time was drawing high for closing. The clock was waiting for no man – including me. My heart began to race as I finally was able to make it around the roundabout with much speed, but as I hastily made my way towards the compound, I saw the white shutter of the door sliding down.
My heart dropped and I felt awful. My first thought was, “So close…yet so far.” I hopelessly looked at the shutter. No amount of knocking or pleading to open the door would work. I didn’t even try. As I drove away, there was a sadness that enveloped me. I thought of the people who were caught outside Noah’s ark when the door was shut. I said, “Lord, I don’t want to be in that number in the name of Jesus!”
Are you in the ark of safety that will weather the floods of life? Or are you outside of that ark, caught up in the world and the flesh? Do you see the Christian life as boring and restrictive?
Well, like anything in life, there are boundaries. But God’s boundaries are to protect us. Imagine allowing a baby to play with the stove or giving a high schooler the option to come home at 5 o’clock in the morning. Likewise, God, through His Word, gives us boundaries to protect us. John 10:10 tells us that “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Satan has no good plans for any of us. He feeds us lies. But I encourage you to not believe his lies. Do not accept them. Reject his lies. Reject him! Get in the ark of safety while the door is open…while there is still time. It is better to be on stormy seas with Jesus than on dry land with the devil!
“…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2
Growing in Christ,