I have always loved this verse. I find it very comforting.
Let’s go a-pondering again.
Come. . .the Hebrew word means come or go and is also translated as bring, going down, bring to pass, lead, carry, gather, went, etc.
In Noah’s case, the word is used again in Genesis 7:7, “So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood.” (NKJV) The word and the verse are reiterated in verse 13, “On the very same day Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark.” (NKJV)
After all the years of obeying God’s commands for building the ark, Noah hears God say, “Come.” As though God is waiting within the ark to welcome him and his family. It is as if He says, Come join Me. The Noah family enter the ark, and “Then the Lord God closed the door and shut them in.” (Gen. 7:16 TLB)
Though some versions translate verse 1 as “go into the ark,” I love that some say “come.” Knowing the Lord awaits my coming into His presence touches my heart with peace and contentment.
After Jesus has entered a heart as His ark, His vessel, He awaits that intimate companionship and He whispers, Come. Come join Me and I’ll shut the door.
We come before Him because we are righteous in his sight. We join Him by entering into His presence, as David said, with thanksgiving and praise, meeting Him with blessing, singing, and joy. (Ps. 100:4, 95:2, 100:2)
The Lord sits and waits for us to worship Him in the beauty of holiness, to give Him the glory due His name, to bring Him an offering, a sacrifice of praise, and to give thanks to His name. (1 Chron. 16:29, Heb. 13:15)
This is where He joins us, where He dwells, where He inhabits and abides with His loved ones, setting His throne upon the praises of His people. (Ps. 22:3)
If you have taken the name of Jesus upon your heart, that Name is inscribed there, in blood. Your heart is the home of the Lord and He says, “I will come to you.” (John 14:18 TLB) And “In every place where I record My name I will come to you, and I will bless you.” (Ex. 20:24 NKJV)
The Lord comes to us. And shuts the door, eternally. He never abandons us, never leaves us alone.
And blessings await.
Come into the ark. Come join Me, He whispers.
I join Him. And I am comforted. And I am blessed.
Do you heed His whispers? Do you join Him?