“and the Lord shut him in.”

These words came to mind this morning as I was meditating on the word.

They come from Genesis 7:16.   They refer to Noah and the ark.  The animals had been ushered onto the ark.  Noah and his family settled in as God commanded and the word of God says, “and the Lord shut him in.”

Noah didn’t shut the door.  The rain didn’t cause it to close, no, the Lord shut him in.

Noah and his family were God’s covenant people.  God warned Noah what was coming upon the earth.  Noah obeyed God and prepared, ultimately his family was saved from the flood that destroyed everything in the earth.

In digging deeper into this scripture, I found some thought-provoking definitions of the word shut.

The Strong’s Concordance defines it as; to close up, to deliver, to be closely joined with and to surrender.

Isn’t that interesting?

God closed Noah AND his family into a place of safety.  He delivered them.  Yet, first Noah had to surrender everything he knew (remember, it had never rained on the earth) to God and follow only what God said.  As crazy as it seemed, he obeyed God and his entire family was delivered.

Noah was shut in, nothing going on in the world could touch him, it couldn’t even come near him.

God is the same God, yesterday, today and forever.  If He delivered his people then, He will do it again today.  He will shut us in once again, if we allow Him to.

God said to Noah, “come into the ark”, I believe God is saying the same thing to us today.

Jesus is our ark, He is our safe place.  In Him, we live and breath and have our being.  In Him alone we can have perfect peace.

I love Philippians 4:7.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

There is a peace in God that goes far beyond anything we can understand.  It is HIS peace.  That is what He wraps us in, if we allow Him to.  That is also where we need to be shut into, His place of perfect peace.

Peace cannot be found in the world today, nor in the news media.  Peace can only be found in Christ.  In Him and His word.  God promises us that He will keep us in perfect peace as our mind is stayed upon Him.  Allow God today to shut you into His peace, by keeping your mind and thoughts upon Him and His word.  Shut out the world and allow God to shut you in today, into Him and His faithful promises.  In there, you will find peace.

 

Meditate on this:

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.  2 Thessalonians 3:16