• Chris Steele

Was It This Bad in Noah’s Day?

Be Strong, Be Well — Friday, October 2, 2020

I’m not going to describe acts of violence, anger, hatred, and the chaos that is going on in our neighborhoods around the country.

I’m not going to tell stories of the utter disrespect and violence toward our law enforcement, as well as those who have turned against believers in Jesus Christ, God the Father and His Word, the Bible.

There is no need for me to illustrate the crazed, out-of-control, immoral society we have become.

I don’t need to relate any of these things, because we all know and see what’s going on. We get a heavy dose of these stories daily from news media outlets.

My question is this. “Was it this bad in Noah’s day? Have we reached the point in our history when God looks down from heaven and sees a repeat of Noah’s generation, “...that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth...” (Genesis 6:5–7a).

We can’t know the answer to that question. But we can be like Noah finding “grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8). No matter how bad things are, we can be like this godly man, as he continued to please God and was blessed because of his faith.

We can be preachers and teachers of righteousness as he was (2 Peter 2:5). We must try to reach people who are unhappy and concerned about their lives and future. Maybe they are waiting for clear answers of reason and hope to calm their trouble souls. Remember brethren, they won’t listen to a word we say, if we don’t have the calm and hope we are espousing.

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15). — Chris

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