“A garden inclosed  is my sister,  my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed” (Song of Solomon 4:12).

Shut in experience is an experience where you feel that you are completely shut out from the world, cut off from the people, severed from every possible relationship and from all ties. It is a lonely and dreary path. Sometimes you feel that you are passing through difficult paths and dangerous ways. You feel as if you have come to the dead end or almost reached the end of the tether. The path is dark and dreary. You are forced to a state where you can no longer survive. The following are the reasons for the shut-in experiences. They are: 1. Our protection 2. Enemy’s perdition  3. Our purification.

1. SHUT – IN FOR PROTECTION:

     “And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in” (Genesis 7:16). This verse says, “The LORD shut the door.” We all know the background of this. “And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth”(Genesis 6:13). God looked at Noah and said, “I going to destroy the world. I will bring waters upon the Earth to destroy all flesh.” God commanded Noah to build an ark so that he and his household shall be saved. The ark was not built for a journey over the waters but to float on the waters. The reason why God commanded him to make an ark was for the trial of his faith and obedience. There is a great truth inside, when we read that the LORD shut the door of the ark. If God shuts a door, there is a purpose in it. The LORD shuts it for a period of time. It is not a permanent one. He shuts it for our blessing. We shall receive many blessings if we remain patient.

            The LORD has kept a time for closing a door  and a time for opening the door. Man will try to hinder our progression. Closing a door is one of God’s plans that paves the way for our progression. When Noah was in the ark, there was darkness inside. But there was destruction waiting outside. Though Noah’s family had to go through the darkness, their lives were preserved. God took them to the higher place and made them to experience another good thing. When Noah built the ark, he built it on the plain. God shut the door of the ark that was on the Earth. When God opened the door after the floods, the ark was on the mountain top. If we go through the experience of flood, we shall experience mountain – peak blessings. As the rain poured, the ark stood above the waters.

LIFE IN CHRIST WILL SAIL! LIFE WITHOUT CHRIST WILL DROWN!

LIFE IN CHRIST WILL FLOURISH! LIFE WITHOUT CHRIST WILL PERISH!

LIFE IN CHRIST WILL SOAR HIGH! LIFE WITHOUT CHRIST WILL GO DOWN!

 

  1. SHUT-IN FOR ENEMY’S PERDITION:

            “For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, they are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in” (Exodus 14:3). These were the words of Pharaoh to the children of Israel. They were entangled in the land and the wilderness hath shut them in. Instructions were given to Moses concerning the journey from Egypt to Canaan. Moses was told beforehand as to where they should go and how they should go. They had gone to the edge of the wilderness. God had a design to ruin Pharaoh and He takes this way to effect it. But Israel had to go through a shut-in experience before the Red Sea. Pharaoh’s pursuit of Israel, in which, while he wants to take revenge on Israel, he was furthering the accomplishment of God’s counsel concerning him. It was told that the Israelites had fled. Now, he reflects upon it with regret. It vexed them that Israel had their liberty. The liberty of God’s people is a heavy grievance to their enemies. After seeing God’s deliverance in your shut-in experience, the enemy will change his confession. Read the enemies’ confession in Exodus 14:25 “And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.”  As soon as all the Israelites reached the shore, the waters returned to its place and overwhelmed all the host of Egyptians. Sometimes God allows the Red Sea and makes us to pass through it successfully, but the enemies daring to do so will be drowned.

  1. SHUT-IN FOR PURIFICATION:

“And the LORD said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? Let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in  again. And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in  again” (Numbers12: 14&15). In verse 2, we read that Miriam spoke against the man of God saying, “Hath the Lord indeed spoken only by Moses and the Lord heard it.” Here Moses did not complain of it to God nor make any appeal to Him. But God resented it. The more silent we are in our own cause, the more God is engaged in our case to plead it. The Lord hears every remark or comment or gossip we make about the servant of God and the Church of the Living God. The Lord is very zealous for his servants and for His Bride. Why this shut in experience for Miriam? She was shut in by God in a secluded place for her realization of her sin and for her purification from sin. Those seven days of obscurity made her to realize her true sinful condition of speaking against God’s anointed. She was shut out from the camp so that God could work within her, sanctify her, purge her, purify her and make her fit to be found in the camp of Israel. Who was this Miriam? “And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances” (Exodus 15:20).  Miriam was a prophetess, a leader, a worship leader and many other women went out after her with timbrels and with dances in order to magnify God for their victory over the enemy by the Red Sea. God will be like a lion to the saints and a lamb to the sinners. Why did Miriam go into a shut-in experience? It was not only due to her sinful tongue but for her own sanctification and purification. God punished her with leprosy because of her sinful talk. But God shut her out from the camp for her cleansing. So, dear saints, sometimes when God allows a shut-in experience, analyze your life whether you have grieved God in any area of your life. Allow God to purge your life so that you will become fit to join the fellowship of God’s people. Then only you will be fit to enjoy the company and fellowship of God’s children. The faster the repentance, the faster you will be restored back into the fold. God allows shut-in experiences for our preservation, our purification and for the enemy’s perdition.