Genesis 6, Matthew 6, Ezra 6, Acts 6

Genesis 6:5-9

What an indictment of mankind! 

Our natural inclination is to minimize the consequences of Adam's rebellion against God's instructions, but the Bible makes it very clear He does not.  Scripture describes the entirety of our being, our will, our emotions, our conscience, our affections;  every component of who we are has been corrupted because of sin.       

God's indictment is not only of man's wickedness, but that his every intention is continually evil.  So much so, that the God who declared His creation "very good" in Genesis 1:31 is prepared to destroy it all.  Thank God for Jesus!  1 John 3:8 says "Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning.  The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil".  Also, thank God for Noah, a righteous, blameless man who like Enoch, walked with God.

Thank You Father for blessing the world with righteous men.  I know true righteousness is found only in Your beloved Son, Jesus, but thank You for men who were faithful to You.  Please raise up this type of man in my generation, men that do "all that God commanded".  May I be one. 

Matthew 6:1-8

It's disconcerting that the same God who knew "that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Genesis 6:5), sees what I do in secret.  He knows me so well He knows why I do what I do.  He knows whether I am acting to be seen by others or acting in obedience to Him.  He knows what I need before I ask. 

Oh Father, You see and know me so intimately it is frightening and comforting at the same time.  How amazing You could know my many failings and still love me!  Thank You.

Ezra 6:3-12

Is it hard to believe Darius and Cyrus, foreign kings whose nations did not worship the LORD (YHWH), still accomplished His purpose?  We should not be surprised because Proverbs 21:1 says "The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will".   These were not men who like Enoch and Noah "walked with God", but God's plan stands.  "For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it?  His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?" Isaiah 14:27

My God and Father, You are Sovereign.  You are worthy of all worship, honor and praise.  Forgive my worry and anxiousness about the future.  Nothing will thwart Your plan and purpose.  May I rest in You and You alone.