January 12

Genesis 6:18 (NIV) 18But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark–you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you.

The ark is a type of Christ. Judgment was about to end the misery man was inflicting upon himself, but God was going to make a way to spare some from that judgment. There is only one door in the ark, (vs16) just as there is only one Door through which we can enter to escape God's judgment. (John 10) There is no other provision made for escaping the wrath of God that was about to come upon the earth. In the ark, the only direction to look out was up. The window was in the top. In Christ we look out on the world with an upward look. Once Noah, his family, and the animals had entered, "Then the LORD shut him in". Genesis 7:16b The Lord Himself seals us into the new life with His Spirit. He confirms His covenant (promise) with us. The promise Adam and Eve had heard, that there would be One that would crush the head of Satan, then ran through the lineage of Noah. God has provided an ark for all who will place their faith in Him, Jesus Christ.

Noah's entire family entered the ark, just as the Philippian jailer's family did. (Acts 16:34) Are you and your family safely sealed in the ark? Have you entered into the New Covenant in Jesus' blood so that He will be your ark that bears the brunt of the judgment of God while you are safe in Him? The storm will come, and the whole earth will be purged. Those in Him will step out into a new world, purged of violence and sin. The promise is for you and your children. Enter in today!

Prayer: Thank You Jesus for being an ark for me, for bearing the brunt of God's righteous judgment on sin.

January 12

Habakkuk 3:17-19a (NIV) 17Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. 19aThe Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.

JOY! It is not based on any circumstance in the physical world. That reactive happiness is fleeting at best. It is a shallow joy that knows no depth or duration. The prophet knew that the judgments of God were going to fall on his nation because of their rebellion against God. He declared that it would not affect his joy. He rejoiced in the LORD, Jehovah, the unchanging One. Though the world changes constantly, Habakkuk found reason to rejoice in the unchanging God. He knew the character of God was faithful and true, always loving and yet righteous. He would be joyful in God, his Savior, regardless of circumstances.

Do you really know this type of joy, or is your joy the shallow joy of circumstance? Do you know the greatness of the God who has said He will never leave you or forsake you? Can you rejoice in the love that will never change, and be joyful in the God who has saved you from sin and the wrath to come?

In the last verse Habakkuk declared the Sovereign LORD as his strength. He didn't trust in his own ability, but in the endless resources of his God who rules over the affairs of men. He closed his prophecy with a declaration of where he finds his joy. "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to go on the heights." Others may wallow in the world below, but God enables me to run with Him on the high places, far above worldly concerns.

Consider: Do you let the LORD enable you to run on the heights with Him? It is not escaping. It is putting things in their proper perspective.