Wednesday, February 1, 2017
The wicked draw their swords and string their bows to kill the poor and the oppressed, to slaughter those who do right. But their swords will stab their own hearts, and their bows will be broken. It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and rich. For the strength of the wicked will be shattered, but the Lord takes care of the godly. Psalm 37:14-17(NLT)
The laws and commands of God are immutable. When He created the universe this was so, and it is always so. And of those laws and commands we can also see the inevitable war between polar opposites. Up and down, east and west, hot and cold are relationships which vie for supremacy. And if ever there was a war between polar opposites it is the one raging between good and evil.
When we read the story of Noah we find the corrupted character of humankind steeped in evil, pushing our Creator’s forbearance to the limit:
Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt. So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth! Genesis 6:11-13(NLT)
Genesis also tells us that, of all the residents of earth, only Noah desired in his heart to live a life pleasing to God, and it was that one man’s heart’s desire which touched the heart of God to preserve humans along with the earth. The flood was God’s kindness, and our rescue as a species!
The facts were clear – humankind had brought evil and wickedness to daily living in such great predominance that the worst of human character became the norm. And when that happens, life is barely more than surviving the next day, an exercize of futility against a certain destruction. Whatever else can be said, life lived in the darkness of evil invites the judgment of darkness collapsing upon its own foundation.
Listen to the words of Jesus describing the demise of people who live a life of evil choices:
For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. Matthew 7:2(NLT)
When you look around today at the anger and violence which cover the earth, one cannot help but remember that God’s patience does indeed have a limit, and He has told us what it will look like when that envelope has been pushed to breaking:
When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. Luke 17:26(NLT)
Every day is an opportunity to choose: will today find you stumbling around in the world’s preferred darkness, or will it be living like Noah, lighting a candle of righteousness and peace?