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Devotional

September 26, 2018

Matthew Leighty

Read Genesis 7:1-24

When we think of the events immediately leading up to God unleashing the flood, we usually focus on the animals coming to the ark in pairs. We wonder how they all got there and how they all fit, but we know they did. And then we usually jump to how the waters of the flood came from above and below and ponder the grandeur of a worldwide flood. But sandwiched in the middle of these two curiosities is a critical statement—after Noah, his family, and the animals were aboard the ark, God shut them in (7:16).

We don’t know how God performed this divine act of closing and sealing the ark’s door; however, understanding the why, not the how, is more important. This was God’s way of affirming that salvation truly belongs to Him. Noah may have built the vessel, but with an open door, it would not have weathered the storm and preserved his life and the lives of all the others onboard. Noah was saved not by his effort but by a gracious act of God—just as we are through Christ.

What are some ways you can tell others of God’s goodness to you?