Don't Wait for the Rain - Sunday, April 2nd 2017
"For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in."
"The fullness of the Gentiles has come in." The New Living Translation puts it this way, "This will only last until the complete number of Gentiles comes to the Lord." So, there is a fixed number of Gentiles who will come to the Lord and then that is it... no more.
Genesis chapters 6-8 is the record of Noah building an ark as God commanded, which spared him and his family from God's judgment on the whole earth. The Bible says that once the ark was loaded with animals, Noah and his family were inside the ark for seven days before the flood waters came upon the earth. Now think about this, Noah, over the course of a hundred years, built a giant covered barge on dry land in preparation for a world-wide flood. "Where's the flood, Noah?" "Looks like rain, Noah, you better hurry!" "You're crazy, Noah!" Can you imagine the ribbing he was taking? Those who mocked him were the same people banging on the door when the floods hit. Unfortunately, the door to the ark had been closed by God. They had made their decision, and God honored it. Things, as they are now, will not last forever. The door is open now. There will come a day when that door is shut. Don't wait until it rains friend, it may be too late.
Life Lesson: Things will not be as they are now forever.
Thank You for the gift of salvation through Your Son Jesus Christ. Your love is clearly revealed to me by the prophetic truths of the scriptures. Thank You for Your infinite grace and mercy toward me. Lord, through Your Word, You have reminded me afresh of the importance of living ready. I am surrendered to Your will to do the work of the ministry. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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