Bible Ballistics: BBs #242 Is It Raining Where You Are???
Having experienced the long extended Oklahoma drought over the past several years, until last spring when God sent the wonderful refreshing rains to renew our land, I know the importance of rain. But we also know that rain can be a blessing or a trial depending on the timing, the amount and the peripheral circumstances that accompany the rain. I have also been through several hurricanes, having been raised on the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Mississippi. I know the drama, stress and alarm that can accompany the rains and winds of those monstrous storms. But what I’d like us to consider this morning is the affect of choosing wisely.
Noah announced the first rain many years ago, and the people scorned his warnings of the coming judgment of God through the rain. We are living in those very kinds of days now, even as Jesus predicted would come. Let’s look at what He had to say:
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man,
no, not the angels of heaven,
but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noah were,
so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days
that were before the flood
and giving in marriage,
until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came,
and took them all away;
so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matthew 24:36-39
What is Jesus telling us? A lot! First of all, Jesus tells us that “no man” knows exactly when He will return, but He does tell us in this same passage that we will be able to recognize the “signs” of those times, but His return will be a surprise to most of the world. Only those who are willing to get into the “ark” of safety of salvation will be prepared when He comes. Just as the people of Noah’s day didn’t believe or respond to Noah’s message of the coming judgment of God, the people of our day are willingly ignorant of the same call of God’s people to believe and come to salvation in the ark of “Jesus”.
“And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;” 2 Peter 2:5 Judgment DID come!!!
Jesus also tells us that we will see the same response to our message of Salvation in the “Cross” that Noah saw in his call to the wooden Ark of safety—the only way of salvation for the impending judgment of God! Jesus goes on to describe the attitude of the people; He doesn’t mention any blatant and intentional wickedness (although it was going on then, and is still going on today), He refers to the same “nonchalant” attitude that we see in our day—people eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage—just living as if there was no tomorrow coming, no judgment on the way!!! And just as the people of Noah’s day refused to heed the message until Noah “entered into the ark”; and we know from Genesis that Noah didn’t close the door, GOD DID, and they “knew not until the flood came”! And there is a day coming when God will close the door again.
In that same way, people of our day who refuse to hear and receive the truth, will also “KNOW NOT” until the day overtakes them. A day when Jesus will come as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, a day when grace will have ceased and judgment will take place, when every knee which has refused to “bow” before Him, will “bow”. I didn’t say so, God does, and Paul tells us why, when speaking of Jesus:
“And being found in fashion as a man,
he humbled himself,
and became obedient unto death,
even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,
and given him a name which is above every name.
10 That at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
of things in heaven,
and things in earth,
and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:8-11
So my question for you today, “Is it raining where you are?” Or are you in the ark of salvation? While I realize that many may be tired of this message, it is one that people need desperately today. It is the message that we have been saved and called to share with the world around us; to share with the ones that we love as well as the ones who are in the scope and circle of our influence. Faith alone in Christ alone—a transformed life—by the blood of the Lamb!!!
“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” Galatians 6:14-15
We are living in days when the message is seldom welcomed, but we are compelled to be “reconcilers” because we have been “reconciled” by the blood of the Lamb.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature:
old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God,
who hath reconciled us
to himself by Jesus Christ,
and hath given to us
the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ,
reconciling the world unto himself,
not imputing their trespasses unto them;
and hath committed unto us
the word of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-19
Are you in the “ark” of salvation? If not won’t you come to the one who died for you today? If you belong to Jesus, then “reconciliation” is the task we have at hand. Let’s share the “Good News” wherever we go, whenever we can.
“And that, knowing the time,
that now it is high time
to awake out of sleep:
for now is our salvation nearer
than when we believed.” Romans 13:11
He is coming soon. Don’t be caught out in the rain!!! I am praying for YOU!!!