For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” Genesis 7:4 ESV
Why, when death stares mankind in the face, do they still take pride in their freedom to deny the truth? Wouldn’t a rational person do something different when defenses are down and their lifelong objections to Jesus are on the line? History says no.
After 120 years of labor, Noah finished the ark. Final preparations were being carried out. Everyone except Noah’s family had ridiculed but now they saw pairs of animals entering the ark; coming from every direction, without being herded. Didn’t this unnatural animal behavior make them wonder? It should have. Yet, even though destruction stared them in the face, not one more person from that civilization approached Noah to inquire about salvation.
Those who have been reckless with their lives are usually reckless with their deaths. While the end of life should be sobering, even frightening, it is usually not enough to open blind eyes. A lifetime of sin takes its toll. Spiritual blindness intensifies slowly as their heart hardens through years of rebellion. Without the Spirit of God’s intervention, it is unlikely that an unregenerate heart will become humble enough to see the glory of Jesus.
What should I do if someone I love is approaching the latter years of their life and there is no sign that they will turn to Christ, their ark of safety? First, I should give up trying to argue them into the kingdom. A heated debate makes no one embrace Christ. Apologetic wrangling is futile. The only tool in my hands to break the heart of stone is the Word of God and the Spirit of God. The Word and the Spirit. Like strategically placed dynamite, the crusty exterior of a sin-affected, deceived, hardened heart is imploded by the reckless love of God.
“Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” Jeremiah 23:29