Don't Miss The Boat
I read this last week. "Noah was a conspiracy theorist until it started to rain".
Think about it, we have people who try and predict the future, who say there is something coming, like a stock market crash. If that's all they predict, we don't usually tag them as a conspiracy theorist. From time to time, people make a name for themselves by predicting the end of time, the coming of Christ. We've seen how that works out for them. There are those who conspire and devise secret plans at times in what are genuine conspiracies. Then there are those who just think up possibilities of conspiracies, and try and circulate them as the truth. These are conspiracy theories, and I'll be honest, some of them sound pretty plausible at times. They don't have to be on a magnitude of spies imbedded in our government either, they can be situations that exist in our workplace.
But can you imagine being Noah, for well over 100 years, he worked on this monstrosity of a boat. The Bible doesn't tell us in miles how far this building project was from any significant body of water, perhaps it was some great distance. After all, Noah knew he would not need to launch it. Is there any doubt he was ridiculed day in and day out, with people shouting things like "what's an ark" and "what's rain". There is no mention of rain in the Bible until the story of Noah in Genesis 7, and some scriptures indicate that God watered the earth in other ways. Having not rained would have further painted Noah as a quack building a gigantic boat while predicting a future rain the people had no idea what was or how it would come about, all the while predicting it to be so intense that it would cover the earth. Would we have listened to Noah, or regarded him as a nut case?
So this fellow, Noah, would likely have been locked up for his own protection in our society! Yet every person who was still living the day it started raining, had a change of heart concerning Noah. Without a doubt in my mind, many of those who knew where the ark was, ran to it when the rain started to puddle and the trenches started to run and begged to get aboard. But God had sealed the door. Their time to change their hearts and live righteously had passed, as well as any chance they had to get on the boat.
God has made predictions too, to put it mildly. What God has predicted we know will fully come to fruition. Those who teach the Word of God are not conspiracy theorists, just like Noah was not. This is the same God that made it rain, and destroyed every living creature that walked the face of the earth except those safely in the ark. God has said He will do it again, this time with fire, and there is no question about the reality of that promise. But just as in the days of Noah, when God unleashes this power, it will be too late. We will either be safely tucked away in the arms of Jesus, or we won't, and if not, our destiny is set in stone, never to be undone.
Today, if you are a mocker of God and His church, like the passer-byers in the days of Noah, today is the day to repent of this, turn to God, have your sins washed away with a burial in water that Peter says now saves us, just as it floated Noah's family in the ark. "...to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ..." (1 Peter 3:20-21) Today is the day of salvation.. (2 Cor 6:2)