Monday, June 9, 2008

Words of Encouragement

The Langley youth danced to Kirk Franklin's "Last Jesus". What if you are the one God has said "come" to me and then "go" to reach the lost? Yet, isn't that a call to all that belong to him?

I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you. You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. - Genesis 6:17-19

Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives. - Genesis 8:16

Come and Go. God's Provision. Noah was born during a time when the earth was wicked. There was no one that was upon the earth that God said was faithful, except for Noah. God allowed Noah to know his plans. He told Noah that he was going to destroy the earth with water and all life would be destroyed.

God also told Noah, I will establish a covenant with you and I will protect you from this flood. God calls to Noah to "come". He calls to Noah to come out of the sins of the world. He calls him to come to a place of protection and safety.

When God calls Noah to come, he also gives him instruction to "go". Noah is to go into the ark for a time of safety and when he does, he is to bring others with him. When the time for the flood has ended and God restores the earth, he will then give Noah another command to "come". He will call Noah to come out of the ark. When God calls to Noah to "go" into this newness and teach the world about him, Noah must do as he is commanded.

The lesson for us is we will have times when God will call us to come to him. In those times he will provide us with special provisions from the destruction of this world. What he wants us to do when we recieve this call is to gather our families and others that we love and that he loves into the ark of safety from the destuction of this world. He will then call us to come out of the provision when he has done what he wills so that we can come out and worship him. When we come to worship him he will then send us to go into the world to help save someone else, just as we were saved from the destruction caused by sin.

Lord today, help us to rejoice in knowing that you will call us to "come" to you for safety and then you will send us and tell us to "go" help someone else.