Morning, June 5, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“The Lord closed it [the door of the ark] behind him.” — Genesis 7:16

Noah was shut in away from all the world by God’s hand of divine love. The door of divine purpose interposes itself between us and the world, which lies in the grip of the wicked one. We are not of the world even as our Lord Jesus was not of the world. Into the sin, the partying, the pursuits of the multitude we cannot enter; we cannot play in the streets of Vanity Fair with the children of darkness, for our heavenly Father has shut us in. Noah was shut in with his God. “Enter the ark,” was the Lord’s invitation, and he clearly showed that he himself intended to dwell in the ark with his servant and his family. Therefore, all the chosen dwell in God and God in them. They are happy people to be enclosed in the same circle which contains God in the Trinity of his persons, Father, Son, and Spirit. Let us never be inattentive to that gracious call, “Come, my people, enter into your rooms and close your doors behind you; hide for a little while until indignation runs its course.” Noah was so shut in that no evil could reach him. Floods did nothing but lift him heavenward, and winds did nothing but waft him on his way. Outside of the ark all was ruin, but inside all was rest and peace. Without Christ we perish, but in Christ Jesus there is perfect safety. Noah was so shut in that he could not even desire to come out, and those who are in Christ Jesus are in him forever. They shall go no more out forever, for eternal faithfulness has shut them in, and hellish malice cannot drag them out. The Prince of the house of David shuts and no man opens; and when in the last days, as Master of the house he shall rise up and shut the door, it will be useless for those who profess Christ in word only to knock, and cry Lord, Lord open to us; for that same door which shuts in the wise virgins will shut out the foolish forever. Lord, shut me in by your grace.