The people were wicked. They were rebellious. They turned against everything good and embraced evil.
That was then. This is now.
If you take a good, hard look at our world today, it’s complete chaos.
We allow technology to tear us away from each other. We let the government decide how we should run our families. We let down our boundaries, just for a little while, in order to embrace the temporary enjoyment of sin.
Our world is becoming just as evil as it was in the Old Testament. Yet, God doesn’t go around destroying our cities or proclaiming judgment. What changed?
If it was good for God to destroy evil in the Old Testament, why doesn’t He do it now?
The answer I found is remarkable. He does.
We often separate the Old Testament from the New Testament. We read the Old Testament, but don’t see its’ relevance to our lives today.
In Acts 8, there’s a story about a man who was reading from Isaiah. He couldn’t understand what he was reading, so God sent another man to explain it to Him. That way, he would gain a blessing from the Scriptures.
Throughout the gospels, Jesus attends church and reads from the Prophets. If Jesus and the apostles found it worthwhile to study the Old Testament, why wouldn’t it be worthwhile for us too?
Throughout history, nations have been destroyed because of their wickedness. They had complete freedom. They chose to abuse their free will. God warned them and even gave them more chances than they deserved, but in the end, they rebelled and the consequences of sin had to be carried out.
Our world, today, seems incredibly different from the way the world was ‘back then’. However, it really isn’t all that different.
In Daniel 2, King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream. In it, there was a statue. The statue was divided into 5 sections. The head was made of gold, the chest of silver, thighs of brass, legs of iron, and feet partly of iron and partly of clay.
Each part represented a certain Kingdom (visit Daniel 2). Each Kingdom has been overtaken except for the feet, which represent our world today.
Just as each nation was conquered and, ultimately, destroyed, our world is in the exact same circumstance.
The sin and wickedness of our world is becoming greater and greater. The time is near when consequences will be carried out.
The good news is that, just as there were people found faithful to God in the Old Testament, we can be the ones found faithful in this day and age.
By realizing that God’s actions in the Old Testament were both just and good, we can better see that, when God destroys evil for the final time, it will be just and good.
Who will we be?
God has given us all free will. Will we abuse our freedom and go against God’s beautiful design for life? Or will be found faithful and use our freedom to share the hope of Christ with the world?
The choice is ours. Who will we be?