As in the days
Sunday, March 8, 2020
As in the days
It poured with rain for the entire day. We were on our way to see Noah’s Ark, well a half-size reconstruction of Noah’s Ark, docked in Ipswich UK – so maybe the weather was appropriate. Even at half-size, the ark was massive and the displays inside told the bible story well.
Jesus said, ‘As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.’ Matthew 24:37-39.
Awareness was missing in the population of that time. Even though Noah was out there preaching and building this enormous ark. The people of that time just carried on as if nothing was going to happen. They ignored the obvious sign and were wilfully unaware!
So here is a question – are we/you aware of the times? Or are we/you living as if things will go on, as they are, for ever? We are expected to be aware. ‘But you brethren are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:4
The founding statements of the ICCC recorded “ICCC sounds a call to fall in line with God’s plan for these times as the key to blessing and development and in order to rise victoriously above the encroaching tide.”
What’s the key to this?...
Fall in line with Ephesians 2:10 – that is doing the specific good works God has prepared for you – that is known as your calling.
Blessing – in your calling there is the anointing of God - the following wind of the Spirit bringing blessing.
Rise above victoriously – this is the opposite to being swamped and submerged. Rising above is achieved by faith - that is by hearing God speak and doing what He says.
Encroaching tide – this is not specified, but it is not a universal flood (Genesis 9:12-17). The current outbreak of coronavirus is an example of a type of encroaching tide. The whole manufacturing industry in China was shut down by it. The virus is causing extensive disruption and could yet cause a great deal more.
Challenge – do you understand that Jesus is definitely returning (see John 14: 1-6) and that the nation of Israel stands as testimony to that, together with many other signs. Life, as we know it now, will not go on indefinitely. The question is “will you be found doing the will of the Father, rising above the encroaching tide?”