Saturday, January 4, 2014

Back to the Beginning

Genesis 6:11-12 - The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.

It's that time of year...back to the beginning in Genesis, reading about Noah. Every time I read it it feels more like today than the year before. My question is, when will others notice this? When will others begin to see the corruptness in this world? When will others take it seriously?

Noah was called by God to build an ark that he and his family, and anyone else who wanted to join them, would be saved from the flood He was going to send to cleanse the world of the sinfulness. And only Noah and his family were saved. The others didn't take Noah, or God, seriously. Today we have Jesus. He is the Door by which we must enter to be saved.

Noah and his family took building the ark seriously. They were eight in number. Eight out of how many thousands or more? And today we have thousands or more who believe we are going through what Noah did, not only a spiritual hardness but a worldly corruptness. Thousands of believers out of billions. That sounds like what Jesus says: Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:14)  It's not difficult to find the way, but difficult to be determined to walk on that path.

I'm believing times will have to get even worse before the world understands. There are just too many distractions, too much success to achieve, too much "fun" to have to notice the decline in morality. I'm not saying we shouldn't be working to make ends meet, or enjoy time with family and friends. But is God a part of any of this? Is He thought of or discussed at all?

We must start getting our priorities in order. God is first. Noah trusted God when all others laughed at him. So when I say it looks like we are in the last days, am I being laughed at too?

I'm not going to belabor this issue. Just know biblical history repeats itself. The next disaster will not be a flood but fire (2Peter 3:7). Can you think of any ways that might be possible? As in the days of Noah...

Matthew 24:37-39 - But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

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