For many who walk with Jesus, the world seems to be turning upside down. Good is now bad, bad is now good. Those who seek recognition are pandering to the fears of God’s people, portraying our day as something unlike anything heretofore experienced by believers. Even worse are those who, for a fee, will give to you their private “revelations” from heaven. I want to give you something free…and eternal.
In Scripture, there are many people who have walked through situations far worse than that we currently face. I want to point to two examples of how you and I can not only survive, but thrive through the upside down world we now inhabit. All one has to do is look to Noah and Lot to see the care of our God put on display.
Noah lived in a world gone mad (Genesis 6:11-13). Lot lived in a culture obsessed with sexual perversion (Genesis 18:20). Both men were kept by the grace of God through their respective ordeal. What made them different? How did they survive?
First, they “listened to God” (Hebrews 11:7). Noah did not listen to the skeptics, the opponents, or the name callers. He listened to the voice of God and followed His word.
Second, they learned to live in a state of inner conflict, always grieved by the conduct of a sensual society. They felt an inward torment on a daily basis over the utter abandonment of God’s laws (2 Peter 2:8).
Third, they learned the art of loving the sinner while hating the sin. Noah preached to a mocking generation (2 Peter 2:5). Lot declared the word to his family, even in the face of their ridicule and rejection (Genesis 19:14).
Listen to God. Let your heart be grieved over the sin of our land. Learn how to love sinners while hating sin. That’s the kind of person God will watch over and deliver (2 Peter 2:9).