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Good in an Evil World

“And Jehovah saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5)

A quick look back through history reveals that this observation could have been made at many different times. We often wonder how the world could be so full of evil. It seems people immerse themselves in it so easily.

But there is a follow-up to that thought. It’s in verses 8 and 9: “But Noah found favor in the eyes of Jehovah… Noah was a righteous man, and perfect in his generations: Noah walked with God.”

There have always been active people of God somewhere in society. They often become overshadowed by others bent on evil living. Noah is certainly one example of that. Sometimes, the religious leaders can’t even find them: “Or know ye not what the scripture saith of Elijah? how he pleadeth with God against Israel: ‘Lord, they have killed thy prophets, they have digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.’ But what saith the answer of God unto him? ‘I have left for myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to Baal.’ Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant…” (Romans 11:2-5).

Like Noah, like the 7000 God told Elijah about, and like the remnant the Apostle Paul mentioned, there is still today an active body of true God followers, those who have not given in to the seduction of evil. Now, it’s true that everyone has some sin, some mistake that can mar their soul. But with God’s gracious offer of salvation and your decision to accept it, you, too, can be part of God’s precious family. No matter how evil the day looks, God will see through it to find the heart that searches for him.

God is Watching

My thoughts today are turned to some I know who are going through difficult times. There are so many in the world that must deal with severe problems. And some of them are very close to home.

Then my studies today included a visit to Isaiah 63:15, which says in part, “Look down from heaven and see, from your holy and beautiful habitation.” This is certainly the attitude many of us feel. We wonder at times if God is paying attention. We cry out for him to just look and see what is happening in our lives.

My friends, he does look and see. A study of the context belonging to the above quote shows that God was watching all along. He knew what was happening. And he knew how to make the best use of the circumstances that the nation of Israel was facing.

This is promised to all who love God (Romans 8:28). Satan may bring all sorts of evil into a life. But if that person is hungering after God, God who gave his own Son for us will certainly give the blessings needed in the hour of distress.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? … I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

(Romans 8:35,38,39)