Genesis 6:5-7 (NKJV)
- 5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
- 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
- 7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth…”
Thank God you’re still being tempted.
That is what was not happening in the final days before the flood.
God had warned that sin lies at the door of our lives and we must conquer it (Genesis 4:7), but the people of that day gave in, they lost the battle, they became so completely depraved that the thoughts of their hearts were only evil continually; they had reached perfection–perfect evil.
The struggle against sin is such a wearisome ordeal. Maybe you are like me and long for heaven where there will be no more struggle against sin and temptation.
But until that day, thank goodness we’re still tempted. Thank goodness there is still the desire in our hearts to conquer the sin that lies at the door of our lives. For should we ever reach the place that we no longer care, God will give us over to our desires and instead of us conquering sin, sin will conquer us. (Romans 1:18-32)
For in the end, either we say, “Not my will but Thine be done” or God says, “Not My will but yours be done.”
So dear friend, you may not be even close to measuring up to God’s standard today, but take courage—at least you struggling to get there, and that pleases God.
Philippians 3:12-14 (NLT)
12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.