Noah, Goodness Still Abounds Part 4

My, Devotion to Him #310

The subtitle for part four is – Opportunities In Life

Verse Passage: Revelation 3:7-8 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens. “‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” – ESV

Have you ever had an opportunity that just seemed either too good or one that you knew it was just because of God that it somehow landed in your lap? Well, some doors in our lives are opportunities only God can open and close.

Noah building a boat provided an opportunity that was too good and one that was God-given. God asked Noah to do something so entirely beyond his ability. Noah had to rely on God, His power, and His guidance to accomplish it. Build a boat? Not just a makeshift raft. This boat would need to be large enough to fit at least two of every animal on the entire planet (more than two were required, but we are going with the least amount. We are not dismissing the Word.) How did Noah gather the animals? Did he have some unique whistle or know the language of each animal? I’ve always wondered because that one thing alone in this story seems totally impossible and dangerous.

From a human perspective, the story of Noah seems just illogical, absurd, and crazy. But when we add the element of God, limitless power, and absolute universal sovereignty, we start to get a different picture. God often defies human logic and reason, and the story of Noah begins to make more sense once this factor gets added into the mix.

The Bible says that once everyone and every creature was on board and the rain came, “The LORD closed the door” (Genesis 7:16). God alone saves us. It is His hand on our life, His power that shuts and opens doors.

Think through your life and see if you can point towards things that were God or might have been God. Looking into the past, it is easier now to see how things played out and how those certain things led to something better. We can see how specific results may have prevented something terrible from happening.

Opportunities are there every single day. Look to God to guide you on which way to go. Have faith in Him when doors open and close. Let Him steer and instruct your moves.

It would be unfortunate to go through life never having seen God work in your life. We tend to look for grandeur, which there would be no way to miss it. God does grand things in grand ways, but there is also the softness to Him that deals with things without having an LED arrow flashing toward Him. We must see through these things and give Him the rightful praise and glory for His works on our behalf.

God bless,

Copyright © 2023 by Jacob Olinger

Noah, Goodness Still Abounds Series

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