Read: Genesis 6:1-22

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.” Gen. 6:5-7

Every morning many of us grab a cup of coffee and read the headlines of the day on the web or in the morning paper. The headlines are rarely good ones, right? We read how the stock market did (or most of the time didn’t) go well. We read about loss of jobs as unemployment figures continue to rise. If that’s not depressing enough we see the corruption that seems to be worldwide. From corrupt world leaders down to our local levels, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of corruption. 

Believe it or not, that’s not a new thing. In Genesis we read that corruption had raised its head there, too, and is recorded as early as the sixth chapter.

God saw that His creation (whom He had given a free will to choose) had chosen the wrong thing. It was so bad that God, beginning in verse 5, says this: “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, ‘I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.'”

You may or may not know the rest of the story, but God does indeed destroy the earth through a flood.

I often wonder how long God will tolerate the corruption of this modern world. Parts of me want to say “come Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20). Then I realize that we have been called to bring light and salt to this world. It’s not over till it’s over. Today I choose to bring light to my family, my work place, and my community. 

I used to hear a song when I was a kid growing up. I think it says a lot. 

“Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,
Do not wait to shed your light afar;
To the many duties ever near you now be true,
Brighten the corner where you are.

Brighten the corner where you are!
Brighten the corner where you are!
Someone far from harbor you may guide across the bar;
Brighten the corner where you are!”

Father, help me to brighten my corner. Help me to be a light in this dark world for your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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