"I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock." Acts 20:29 NIV
Sometimes my dreams are so vivid that I know there is some deeper meaning to them. Last night I had one of those dreams. I was standing on the back steps of an enormous house surrounded by open fields, with a dark, wooded area beyond. Several friends were gathered there with me, enjoying the cool autumn evening, until we heard a bone-chilling howl. And not just a single howl… but the terrifying echo of an entire wolf pack. We knew in an instant that the wolves were on the move. And coming directly toward us.
Their constant presence was no secret. But since they had kept their distance for so long, we hadn’t considered them a threat. In fact, from a distance they looked quite beautiful. But as we glanced anxiously toward the woods, something else caught our attention. The puppies. The wolves were coming for our precious puppies.
Some of the puppies heard the howls and came whimpering and scampering for the safety of the house. But others were so busy rolling and bounding around the yard that they hadn’t noticed the cry of danger. Or perhaps just hadn’t cared. And there were so many of them still out there. We couldn’t just leave them to such an awful fate. But how would we ever be able to get them all to safety before the pack overtook them?
Determined to do what we could, each of us scattered in different directions, frantically trying to herd the little balls of fluff toward the house. But some of the puppies were determined to continue their games, backing away playfully with no sense of the pending peril. I vividly remember reaching down to quickly scoop them up, tucking as many as I could into pockets and folds in my skirt. But a careless few felt they were being imprisoned, and wiggled away, again, in a last ditch effort to be free.
As the hair-raising howls grew closer, we brought all those we could into the house. We continued calling to the puppies still outside our grasp. But when glowing eyes peered at us through the edge of the woods, we knew it was time to close the doors, so those inside would be safe. Our hearts were breaking for those who had refused to come in. But we had done all we could.
I woke with a deep sadness. And immediately recalled accounts in Scripture where God stepped in to save a righteous few before destruction overtook those who refused rescue.
Noah did what he could. He built an ark as a place of refuge. But so few went in. (Genesis 7)
Lot urged his family to flee Sodom with him. So few followed. (Genesis 19)
And then there were five foolish virgins hoping to take part in a wedding feast. But they found themselves shut outside because they were unprepared, having assumed there would be more time. (Matthew 25)
The Bible also tells us that there is another day of destruction coming. One like this world has never before seen. But it also says there will be a day when Jesus, Himself, will return in the clouds to rescue those who are “in Christ.” And goes on to say that we can comfort one another with this truth. (1 Thessalonians 4)
But what about those who are not prepared for His return? Those who are not in Christ, having never placed their faith in His forgiveness on the cross, and the power of His resurrection? Those whose names are not found written in the Book of Life? There will be so many left behind, who chose not to place their lives and eternity in His hands. Some will hear the truth and reject God’s extended hand of Grace. Others will hear, but assume they have more time. Both will find the door to eternal life forever closed. Revelation 20 speaks of the finality of that moment, with no second chances.
Colossians 4 reminds us to redeem the time; to make the most of what little remains. For those of us who have trusted Christ for our eternal life, we must do all we can to bring others into the safety of Christ’s fold.
For those still outside…listen closely. The howl of the enemy is not far off. He is coming to kill, and steal, and destroy your soul. It’s not a game. Your eternal life is at stake. Won’t you accept the rescue Christ offers? He, Himself, is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 14:6)
Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
©Lisa DeVinney, September 2016