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Many Daily readers, like me, will have experienced being "shut in, and shut up". For me, some of these times occurred through illness, and a couple of times with broken limbs, as well as a few other situations. I'd go through the initial boredom of incapacitation, irritability, and frustration at not being able to function normally. Sound familiar? But always, as I've eventually settled myself in acceptance of the situation and in surrender to the Lord, these "shut in" periods have resulted in glorious times of fellowship with God, refreshing revelations, specific closeness, and growth in my covenant relationship with my Lord. Yes, they have been such wonderful times, so much so, that instead of waiting for some incapacitating situation, I began more and more to choose to make "shut in" opportunities of my own accord. How about you?
Genesis 7:15-16 – And they went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh, in which there were the breath and spirit of life. And they that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded [Noah]; and the Lord shut him in and closed [the door] round about him. (AMP)
Before God shut Noah in, He said, "Come with all your household into the ark" (Genesis 7:1 AMP), by which invitation, God revealed that He Himself intended to dwell in the ark with His righteous servant and his family.
After Noah entered the ark, he was shut in by God's hand of divine love. Isn't this a great honour, to be shut in with God and by God? Noah was shut away from the world and away from the children and works of darkness.
May we ever be attentive to the most honourable, gracious, and loving call of God our Father, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit. "Come, enter in, and I will shut you in with Me, My child." May we also bear in mind that in this "shut in" place there is only God and His presence; He has shut everything else out. Just as for Noah, outside is all ruin and wickedness, but inside with God, we have perfect rest and peace in His precious presence.
Prayer: Lord, may we ever choose these precious times of being "shut in" with You. As in the words of the chorus, when You call us to "Commune with Me, commune with Me. Between the wings of the cherubim, commune with Me", may we always answer, "I will meet with Thee, I will worship Thee. Between the wings of the cherubim, I will meet with Thee." In Jesus' loving name, we ask. Amen and Amen.