Repeating The Evil of our Ancestors

Question to ponder: Is this a current day/current state of affairs, or is this really something God dealt with prior to our generation? So often our news reports are filled with such horrific happenings that we might sit down and ask ourselves, ‘How much worse can our generation get?’ As we ponder this today, let’s bear in mind that God had already dealt with a generation just as bad as ours. How much more can He take from the children He carefully and wonderfully made?

DATE POSTED Monday, 2022-01-04
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Genesis 6:5-7
TRANSLATION: New Century Version (NCV)

BIBLE TEXT: The Lord saw that the human beings on the earth were very wicked and that everything they thought about was evil. He was sorry he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, “I will destroy all human beings that I made on the earth. And I will destroy every animal and everything that crawls on the earth and the birds of the air, because I am sorry I have made them.”

APPLICATION: Whether in our homes, or at work or just in society in general, we tend to hope that the discipline we hand out would impact others to avoid repeating the same sin. I know of a boss who once said that he should fire one person weekly, so that the others might stand in fear for their respective jobs and do better! God showed us in His Word how upset He was with seeing His creation turn so badly away from Him and His teaching. In fact, so disappointing, that God desired to just start all over again. Although God went on to say in Genesis 8:21 that He would never do such a drastic thing again, I’m sure that He must be so disappointed that He is seeing a repeat of things that hurt Him so badly to have previously disciplined our ancestors for. But as we enter a New Year, I believe we must ask ourselves ‘what is it that I can do to better obey and serve my God?’ Yes, we must be concerned about the rest of the world around us, but our responsibility is to pray for them to stay persistent in their commitment to the Creator of the World, or have a growing desire to know Him personally and/or more intimately. In an earlier devotional, I came across a statement by Jesus where He told His disciples to not be so worried about the date/time of His return, as they must be about seeing the hearts of sinful man turn to, and accept the Savior of the world. So when we look towards a New Year and wonder where to start, and what to plan for our days that God allows us to remain on planet earth, we must always look to what God wants us to do. When people, who need the Lord, come to accept Him as Lord, they will have no desire to keep on sinning. When we know that something irritates our parents, or our spouse, or those we love, we tend to try everything possible to avoid repeating that sin, or action. We know from the Scripture today that God was totally frustrated and angry at the sin seen in His creation. We also know that there is enough going on today that must be upsetting to our Maker, let us therefore commit ourselves to prayer, and to encouraging one another – especially the unsaved, so that they may see Jesus at work through us, and surrender their lives to Him for all eternity.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: God created the world and everyone in it, so He was very much authorized to wipe them out and start again. He promised never to send another flood, so we must enjoy every blessing, and do our best to avoid the sin that upsets Him.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, we are ashamed to be here on earth where so much sin abounds – perhaps very much like the sin that upset You in Noah’s day. For those who have accepted You as Lord, I pray that we will be even more committed to touching the lives of the unsaved, for we know that when sin is conquered, so will the crime, hatred and fighting – the things that hurt the Master’s heart. Lord, impress upon us the urgency of doing the work of the Father. There is no time to sit around and complain about it, instead we must seek Your wisdom, Your strength and Your guidance to be Your ambassadors while alive here on earth. May 2022 be the year of revival and great evangelism, because Your people, who are called by Your name, has humbled themselves and prayed. AMEN!

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Starting Over

THE HOLY BIBLE (The Message – Matthew 18:1-5): At about the same time, the disciples came to Jesus asking, “Who gets the highest rank in God’s kingdom?” 2–5 For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom.

THOUGHTS: After growing up through childhood, many might find it challenging to understand why Jesus would declare that we become like that again if we desire to enter the kingdom of heaven. So I wanted to share a few things that might help us understand how Jesus may have been thinking. When children are very young, they are very trusting and gullible. They couldn’t care less who is in charge, as long as they get fed and cleaned up. Outward distinctions mean nothing to them, as long as they feel loved and cared for. They are free from malice, even when they don’t get their own way. They are teachable, and are willingly dependent on their parents. It is true that they soon begin to show other dispositions, and other ideas are taught them at an early age; but these are all marks of a maturing child. I believe that it is this type of character that Jesus is teaching us that would render us as lowly and ready to accept His love and His care. In other words, just as explained about a newborn child, that’s how Jesus teaches we are to be as a newborn Christian. There is no room for pride, or self-will or boasting, we are to be wholly and solely dependent on the Holy Spirit that takes control of us when we surrender. In fact, we are to continually, and daily, renew the spirit of our minds, that we may become simple and humble, as little children, and willing to be the least of all. Let us daily study this subject, and examine our own spirits. I have found that should I ever get stuck in a project and can’t seem to break through my frustrations, if I would simply start over I will usually avoid my original roadblocks and go on to victory. Perhaps we need to consider allowing Jesus to give us a fresh start also. As His precious child, receiving His special care, I know that we will be more than conquerors in the long run.

PRAYER: Starting over, sounds a lot like ‘born again’ – almost impossible. But Father, I know that our own self-will and our personal desires and knowledge presents roadblocks for us here in this tough life on earth. Please give us the strength to surrender to Your will for our lives. May we become so desirous of Your perfect will and Your powerful hand in our lives that we will be willing to surrender self and become obedient like a small child would be to a parent. Perhaps at that point we will be more apt to listen and obey. Lord, may we be usable instruments in Your perfect and all powerful hands, willing to be used of You to accomplish Your work. I ask these things humbly and in the precious and all powerful name of Jesus, AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please speak with a local Bible Teaching pastor, or read through Biblical truths on How To Know Jesus, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com so that we can pray with you and give you help and or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Any words underlined above will indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to www.nuggetsfromgodsword.org and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, Sebring, FL! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!