April 20, 2024

Get On Board!

Written by Tripp Prince

When you are with the Lord, you are safe.”

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 20, 2024

And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood. Genesis 7:7, NIV

There’s no denying the fact that we live in a world that is filled with injustice, oppression, and inequality. Human sinfulness and brokenness are a cause of countless forms of pain and sorrow. And while many may seek to convince us that this is a new phenomenon, or that we are encountering evil in unparalleled ways, in truth, this is a sickness that’s as ancient as The Garden itself, a plague that haunts humanity in every age.

True as that may be, we must also remember that our Lord always provides a way of escape. In Noah’s day, as evil filled the earth and the floodwaters rapidly rose, the Lord protected him and his family by placing them in the ark. In the ancient Church, Christians latched onto this biblical image, seeing it as a picture of their own escape within the safety of the body of Christ. In fact, many churches were built to resemble ships, declaring even in the architecture of the church a central truth of the Christian faith: no matter how high the floodwaters rise, when you are with the Lord, you are safe. 

What stands before each of us, then, is a choice. Will we, in the name of “freedom” and “autonomy,” brave the flood on our own, convincing ourselves that it’s not that bad or that we are strong enough to weather any storm, or will we accept our frailty, weakness, and complete inability to save ourselves and thus throw ourselves upon the mercy and protection of God? The ship of salvation is never at capacity. There’s always room for one more. 

If you find yourself floundering in the rising waters, it isn’t because you weren’t welcomed on the ship but because you failed to approach the doors with repentance and humility in your heart. Yet the invitation is always before us. Our Lord Jesus, with tender compassion in his voice, looks at us and says, “Get on board!”


Father, give us humble hearts that receive your salvation with gratitude and endless praise, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Do you find yourself overly concerned with the evils in this world, causing you to forget the safety and protection that is found in the ship of salvation?

Related Reading

Proverbs 18:10; Psalms 4:8; 2 Timothy 4:18

Worship Resource

Hillsong UNITED: Another in the Fire


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