Bible Reading: Genesis chapters 7 – 10
“The Lord shut him in.” Genesis 7:16
In the biblical narrative, when Noah and his family and the animals are all aboard, the Lord shuts them in.
The Spanish Bible says the Lord shut the door.
The Bible talks about open doors. Paul asked people to pray that he might have an open door of ministry (Colossians 4:3). John saw a door opened in Heaven, and was granted a glimpse of celestial grandeur. Jesus stands outside the closed door of the last days church, and asks them to open the door, so He may come in!
But what about when God SHUTS the doors to us?
When God shuts the door: Be aware of the perfection of His direction
God is perfect in all His ways.
The steps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord. If God wants us locked out of places, we should not want to go there. Paul was locked out of several cities (see Acts 16). But then he had a vision of a man in Macedonia and a voice calling for help. And so from locked cities in the east, the Gospel came to Europe!
When God shuts the door: Be secure in His will
When God closes doors, we can know we are safe. Did you ever leave home, and then wonder if you locked the door properly? And so you had to return to make sure it was locked.
If Noah had locked the ark door I suppose he would have gone back again and again to make sure it was locked. But he knew God had locked it. He must have felt very secure.
When God shuts the door: Be sure that there is nothing for us outside
The dove returned to the ark when she saw that there was just muddy water outside.
I once sat beside a “Mafioso” at a church dinner in New York. It seemed he had come to know the Lord while locked away in prison. I think the chaplain had led him to the Lord. He seemed very nervous, and as we got into conversation he admitted that he was a little concerned about the future. He told me that it was easier to be a Christian in prison, and much harder on the outside.
Paul and Silas sang hymns of praise locked away in a filthy prison.
When God shuts the door: Be alert to God’s presence
We like going through doors. We like new adventures. But sometimes God wants us to just be still and get to know Him better!
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” Psalms 46:10-11.
Keep Calm and Don’t Carry On!
Christians who are alone are alone with God. Enjoy the fellowship with the Lord!
We know quite a bit now about being locked away after more than a year of lockdowns. People who are free do not like to be behind locked doors. But a lot of Christians have found that during lockdowns their relationship with the Lord has got better and better. Their Bible reading and prayer-life has improved so much that they do not ache to go outdoors all that soon.