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Your Word for 24 July 2024

Exodus 1:12                ESV
‘But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad.’
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You can be an example of someone who chooses God’s way. If you are endeavoring to do this, I want to honour you. I can imagine that there are many people, who, while no one sees, are trying to follow God and are choosing His way on a daily basis. Let me remind you that God sees all things and while others may seem to get away with living just as they please, I assure you that no one gets away with anything before God. He will reward you for your faithfulness and the daily choices you have made to choose good over evil, righteousness over sin, integrity over corruption and faith over fear. You may not have always been victorious, but you have aimed towards a higher goal and God will be with you! Just as all of humanity remembers this unusual story of Noah, so too, others will see your life and be inspired to live a life of choosing God’s way. Your children are watching you, your family can see what you are aiming for, and your friends and colleagues are reading the book of your life. Set an example of choosing God’s way, it will be worth it in the end.

There is something about doing what is right and following God’s ways that brings a sense of security into our lives. If I was Noah and God had told me to bring two of every creature into the ark, I would be overwhelmed. God did not give Noah any strategy to achieve this impossible task. But when the time came, it happened. Perhaps it was a miracle, or perhaps after all the years of Noah obeying and following God, he reaped the fruit of all the animals following and obeying him? I don’t know… but it happened. Perhaps, because Noah was under divine authority, so were the animals?

Genesis 7:16 ‘A male and female of each kind entered, just as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD closed the door behind them.’

The last thing that happened was that God closed the door behind them. The door was probably the weak spot on the ark, as it is on many ships. It is the place that can allow what should be outside to come inside and jeopardise the whole thing. When we choose God’s way we don’t want anything that could sink our ship to get in and scuttle our progress. God, in His faithfulness, closed and sealed the door behind them and the rest was up to God. Some years ago, when my late wife had been diagnosed with cancer, we went through a very difficult season as a family. We had faithfully, over time, served the Lord and longed for His Kingdom to be expanded. Now we were facing our own flood. During that time we went away for a break between chemo sessions. While we were away it was as if every demon from hell was out to get us. If I were to tell you what we faced physically in one week, you would not believe it. We reached a very low point where we felt everything around us was collapsing. As my wife and I sat on our bed talking about all that had happened, we felt that we needed to ask the Lord to come and close the door of the ark of our lives and seal it so that nothing further could touch us. We prayed together and asked the Lord to close the door behind us. All the tormenting and struggle stopped and we were never plagued by such horrors again. In the end God took care of Noah and his family and God took care of us as a family. Although we may pass through storms, we have a joy of knowing that as we follow Him, He is with us and He will shut the door and He will open the door when His time is right and when His purposes have prevailed. I encourage you to live a life of choosing God’s way.

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