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By faith Noah, when he was warned about things not yet seen, with reverent regard constructed an ark for the deliverance of his family. Through faith he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith” (Hebrews 11:7, New English Translation).

Several years ago, I moved into a new neighborhood and was getting acquainted with the lady across the street. While chatting about her home and how long she had lived there, she casually mentioned there was a bomb shelter beneath her garage. The house dated back to the cold war era when tensions ran high and people worried about a place of safety for their family. I don’t know if the space was now more of a novelty to her or if she trusted it to protect her during a cataclysmic event.

I recently read of a man who has spent much of his life constructing an intricate 10,000-square-foot underground shelter to protect himself and others of like mind from nuclear fallout. Bruce Beach, who has been working on his project since the early 1980s, seems to have a well-thought-out plan that includes food, water, sanitation, air quality, and many other things required to sustain life, at least short term. He named his place of safety Ark Two.

Preparing a Safe Place

Noah also was concerned about safety for his family, but he had very good reason. In Genesis 6 we read of a direct warning from God of things yet to come. God then gave Noah specific instructions on the construction of an ark. His actions were visible to all, but it’s doubtful those who viewed his labors offered any words of encouragement. He would have become the neighborhood oddball, that strange person who causes snickers and mockery. None except his family regarded his words of warning.

Many people today are concerned about their physical safety, but how many are putting the same thought into their eternal safety? God isn’t asking us to build a physical ark as He did Noah. He has already provided us an ark—a place of salvation—and it’s available to any who desires to enter. Our ark, our salvation, comes through Jesus. It is our way of escape.

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

The Ark Is Ready

Noah and his family found grace and were saved from the destruction of the flood. They chose to heed God’s warning and prepared accordingly. First Peter 4:7 warns us that “the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.” The Bible has given us clear warnings of the end time, but God also offers us grace—a way to escape. The ark is ready for any who will enter.

“Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (II Corinthians 6:2b).

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You have provided me a place of safety and salvation. Like the days of Noah, I see the evil around me and the disregard for things holy. Your Word tells me that the end is near. My prayer is not just for my personal salvation but that I can bring others into the ark. Jesus is our salvation and His mercy is available to all.

“I say this about the LORD, my shelter and my stronghold, my God in whom I trust – he will certainly rescue you from the snare of the hunter and from the destructive plague” (Psalm 91:2-3, New English Translation).

I have a weekly visitor at my house that has caused me to install some safeguards. Miss Arabella has now learned to walk, and just off my living room is a stairway to the lower area. I quickly realized that a baby gate was a necessity when the little lady comes calling. I really can’t explain to her why her way is blocked; she wouldn’t understand. I could explain the dangers of stairs, the pain she would feel, the bruises that would take time to heal, but my explanation wouldn’t penetrate her one-year-old mind. Her lack of understanding does not remove the necessity of the gate. Many times in her young life she will hear the word “no” from mom and dad, and it will be for her protection and safety.

I think you already understand where I’m going with this. There are certain things that God “fences off” to keep us safe. Like Arabella, we don’t always recognize the danger of certain actions we may want to take. Sometimes they look enticing and we question why God would say, “No, my child, I don’t want you to do that.” Is He being mean? Not at all. He sees beyond the immediate gratification and knows the end result. He only desires to keep us safe.

Have you ever noticed a fence and wondered why it was built in that particular place? We may think it unnecessary and just a hindrance. But G. K. Chesterton said,

“Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.”

Today as you go about your daily routine, if you see a fence, pause and say a quick prayer. Thank God for His love that fences us in and holds us safe.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You are my shelter and place of safety. Thank You for Your love and patience when I don’t understand and ask why. Forgive me for the times I’ve ignored the safeguards You’ve placed in my life. Let my trust in You grow even when I may question the fences You’ve put in my life. I know they are there for my protection.

“I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries. And when he marked off the earth’s foundations,”

Proverbs 8:29

California, Sunset, Dusk, Sky, Clouds, Sea, Ocean

Humans struggle with being told what to do. Everyone wants to be the Captain, to be in charge, to take orders from no one.  We don’t like having boundaries, and we love to exercise our “right” to our own free will. God has placed boundaries for a reason though, a very important, life saving reason.

Have you ever driven through a highway, that was over-looking the ocean? You can smell the salty air as you hang your hand out the window, letting the breeze flow through your fingers. This is a pretty incredible scene, except for the fact that you are literally driving very close to a steep cliff, and the only thing separating you from that cliff is a guard rail.

Boundaries. That rail is there for your protection. That is what is keeping you from terrible tragedy; conscious driving and a guard rail. If God gave even the oceans boundaries, how much more do we need them? The word of God is the guard rail of our lives. It gives wisdom, and direction to our lives.

It is important for us to stay within the safety of His word. Stay within your personal convictions, morals and standards. His word will never lead you astray, only closer to Him.

I am thankful today for Your inspired word God, that directs my steps and gives me wisdom. Help me to know my boundaries today, as the lines are often blurred in the world we live in today. Help me to hold fast to my convictions and commands given to me in your word today.