On the 6th of September our devotion was on the topic that God is working out His purposes. He is building His Church. Opposition is great but that won’t stop God.
The Two key verses referred to were
1. Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
2. Matthew 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
To illustrate the opposition we were told a story called A Modern Day Noah’s Ark …
And the Lord spoke to Noah and said: “In six months I’m going to make it rain until the whole earth is covered with water and all the evil people are destroyed. But I want to save a few good people, and two of every kind of living thing on the planet.
I am ordering you to build Me an Ark,” said the Lord.
And in a flash of lightning He delivered the specifications for an Ark.
“OK,” said Noah, trembling in fear and fumbling with the blueprints.
“Six months, and it starts to rain” thundered the Lord. And six months passed.
The skies began to cloud up and rain began to fall. The Lord saw that Noah was sitting in his front yard, weeping. And there was no Ark.
“Noah,” shouted the Lord, “where is my Ark?” A lightning bolt crashed into the ground next to Noah, for emphasis.
“Lord, please forgive me,” begged Noah. “I did my best. But there were big problems. First I had to get a building permit for the Ark construction project, and your plans didn’t meet Code. So I had to hire an engineer to redraw the plans. Then I got into a big fight over whether or not the Ark needed a fire sprinkler system. My neighbours objected claiming I was violating zoning by building the Ark in my front yard, so I had to get a variance from the city council.”
“Then I had a big problem getting enough wood for the Ark because there was a ban on cutting trees to save the Koala. I had to convince Australian RSPCA that I needed the wood to save the Koala. But they wouldn’t let me relocate any. So no koala. Guess the Koala will end up like the unicorn. Then the carpenters formed a union and went out on strike. I had to negotiate a settlement with the Unions before anyone would pick up a saw or a hammer. Now we got 16 carpenters going on the boat, and still no koala’s.
“Then I started gathering up the animals, and got sued by an animal rights group. They objected to me taking only two of each kind. Just when I got the suit dismissed, EPA notified me that I couldn’t complete the Ark without filing an environmental impact statement on your proposed Flood. They didn’t take kindly to the idea that they had no jurisdiction over the conduct of a Supreme Being.The the Army Corps of Engineers wanted a map of the proposed new flood plain. I sent them a globe.
“Right now I’m still trying to resolve a complaint from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over how many ethnic’s I’m supposed to hire, the tax department has seized all my assets claiming I’m trying to avoid paying taxes by leaving the country, and I just got a notice from the state about owing some kind of use tax. “I really don’t think I can finish your Ark for at least another five years,” Noah wailed.
The sky began to clear. The sun began to shine. A rainbow arched across the sky. Noah looked up and smiled. “You mean you’re not going to destroy the earth?” Noah asked, hopefully.
“Wrong!” thundered the Lord. “But being Lord of the Universe has its advantages. I fully intend to smite the Earth, but with something far worse than a Flood. Something Man invented himself.”
“What’s that?” asked Noah.
There was a long pause, and then the Lord spaketh his Last Word, “Government.”
In tying the devotion together we were reminded that we don’t have to worry about what’s happening the world, that’s God’s business. What we need to do is proclaim Jesus.