Destruction or Grace?

Genesis 6:9-22 (ESV)

These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks. For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive. Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.” Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

I don’t know about you, but I look at how corrupt the world is, and wonder about the prophecy that in the end times, it will be as it was in the days of Noah. I wonder how corrupt it will have to become to qualify. This world with all its perversions and blurring of lines of right and wrong is gettin pretty bad.

But the hope we have in Jesus is much more than the revulsion we have for this age. We are still in the world. We can set a positive example. The corruption is not so bad yet, that they are throwing us in prison for speaking against the evil.

We can speak our minds, and preach the Good News that God Loves and is Merciful. All we must do is repent. All we must do is turn our hearts to God. God wants to forgive.

Let’s do our part to provide a positive attitude: by our language, work ethic, and care for others around us. Let’s share God’s forgiveness that we may turn the hearts of some toward God. May God provide opportunities for each of us to speak life and grace and mercy into people’s lives. By our examples and by our words, may we share the love of God.

by Virgil Stripes

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