“Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.” (Psalm 32:6)
Jesus often relied on parables in to compare something in everyday life to a spiritual truth. However, many of us have trouble understanding Jesus’ parables because we don’t belong to the culture for which they were written. Sometimes the importance of the spiritual truth is diluted, if not misunderstood. Often because not everyone can relate to the everyday example to which Jesus compares it to. The fact is if Jesus walked among us today, His parables would emphasize the same spiritual truths, but use situations and circumstances to which we could immediately connect.
I don’t think you’ll have any trouble understanding this modern parable.
A couple and thier two children are vacationing in the Gulf of Mexico, Their tenage daughters were playing on rafts out in the ocean bay. All were unaware that a major storm was brewing several hundred miles out in the Gulf, even though the undertow was already beginning to show the early symptoms that a storm was on the way.
These two teenage girls drifted out beyond the breakers and one of them lost her float. Her sister told her to hold on to the raft until help arrived, but no one seemed to be noticing that they needed help. Meanwhile, the undertow repeatedly overpowered the girls, only to relinquish its strength long enough for them to get her head back above the water and catch her breath.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, a lifeguard appeared. However, he was struggling to overcome the power of the undertow as well and told the girls that if they drifted out beyond the next row of breakers, there would be no swimming back.
I’m not going to drag out the suspense. The lifeguard managed to get the girls safely back to shore, but I couldn’t let the spiritual truth in this story go to an early grave.
This parable is told in the context of our own culture; consequently, most of us have no trouble understanding its connection to the burden of sin and the timing of salvation in the life of an unbeliever. Indeed, as Paul put it, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. (Romans 6:23) However, what many of us fail to understand what Paul means when he said, “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation”. (2 Corinthians 6:2)
Each of us knows a unbeliever, maybe they trust in false doctrines or they can’t decide when it is time to open their heart to Jesus. While they will freely admit that they sometimes feels God’s pull, but they dont think they need God right now. “There’s plenty of time left before I need to make that decision,” they may tell you.
They may be deadly wrong. God told the Prophet Isaiah, “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” (Isaiah 55:6)
The truth is that God will not wait on us to come to him. When He knocks, it may be our only opportunity to answer His call. His Word constantly reminds us that it is He who decides who may come to him; and it is He who will decide when it is time to shut the door. That’s why Jesus said, “Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us’. But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from’.” (Luke 13:25)
I sure am glad that when I was drowning in an ocean of sin, a lifeguard appeared to let me know that if I got out much farther, there may be no coming back!
After all, “For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him”. (John 3:17)
Heavenly Father, these are such tedious times. Never before in society have we witnessed times where the prophet’s signs are unfolding daily right before our eyes. Times where all things that are Godly and good are banned and sin is being leaglised everywhere we look. Lord, I thank you for Your persistent pursuit of me to come to know You as my Lord and Savior. I thank You for the Holy Spirt and how my eyes were opened when I accepted You personally into my life. I ask humbly as nothing more then a peasant servant, that you would reveil a sense of urgency in the hearts of people that you lead into my life. Help open their eyes to the truth of your Holy word. That they would be curious to seek the answers to why there is still a empty void in thier life. We were created to Love you, and seek You Lord.. The enemy has created such confusion with his lies. But Your word warns us of that. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; but You come that we may have life, and have it abundantly.”
I praise You for your promise, Your Love and I pray that today is the day that my friend truly opens the door of thier heart that You would be invited to come in before it’s too late. In your Holy and precious name, Amen.
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