The verse is descriptive of days prior to American Idol. Days before iPhones, YouTube and the internet. It goes way back before Hollywood, the first telegraph and even the printing press. The verse is Genesis 6:5 and tells of the days of Noah before the great flood. Here are the next couple of verses:
“And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” (Gen. 6:6-8) Thank God for Noah!
Imaginations and thoughts. Am I the only one out there who has to fight to keep his thoughts in the right place? “Stop! Don't go there!” seems to be part of my daily mental routine.
We don't have to go looking for negative things to put into our minds, do we? It's part of the atmosphere. From billboards, to music, television and movies, books, office banter and what just got emailed to us and what we're about to forward to our friends, we're in a battle for our minds and hearts. Unfortunately, I don't always see it as a battle. Which is my first mistake.
Whatever we take in by way of our eyes and ears becomes the building blocks for our thoughts. Those thoughts get kicked around a while and have a way tainting my thinking or materializing in our actions. Repeated actions become habits. Habits, for better or worse, color our character and can ultimately impact our eternal destiny. Thoughts are important; For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he... (Proverbs 23:7). Paul summed things up this way: “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6)
God destroyed the earth because of the wickedness of man. Interesting that when Christ returns, the conditions of the world will be as they were in the days of Noah. And as that generation was caught off guard back then, so too will ours be surprised. Some will be rejoice; others will cower in fear and dread at his appearance. Jesus gave us this comforting or chilling reminder...
“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 24:44) Enjoy the short video...
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
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