All it takes is a step into your local grocery store to see children disrespecting their parents. All it takes is a step into a church to see Christian men and women who have convinced themselves that it is okay — totally justified and pure — to live with a significant other outside of marriage or lead a homosexual lifestyle. All it takes is a listen at the news to hear of how some politicians are blatantly heartless towards the poor. All it takes is a look into the Bible to see the fallen state of man. This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 30:11 –14 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. 12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. 13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. 14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth a knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.
Sounds a lot like the world we live in now, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it is the world we live in now. The worst part of all of this is that the Word of the Lord tells us these conditions will only become more grotesque as the end days near.
So what should we as believers do? We must stay rooted in the Word, stay prayed up, and “grow not weary in well doing.” We cannot afford to take on the mindset that, because we have grace and everybody else is doing it, a decidedly sinful lifestyle is okay. For every malady of the heart mentioned in the above passage of scripture, God has prescribed a remedy — all of which are also found in Proverbs and all of which we have discussed in previous devotionals. In brief review: honor your mother and father; God’s ways are not our ways, and He knows better than we do; God despises a prideful heart; and whoever does evil towards the poor shall not go unpunished. God has called us to be the light this dark world needs. He is our Heavenly Father, we are His children, and it would be horrible to misrepresent Him. We must be the change this world needs, so others can see the light of Christ.
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