“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; …” Matthew 24:36-39
TV News has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. As children we couldn’t watch TV at noon or after dinner; Dad watched the news and we knew to be quiet and allow him to do so. Each family seemed to have its favorite; we were an ABC family and still are. Ironically, while we watched channel six in our home, my husband’s father was an engineer at channel six. The credit “Rick Boone, Engineer” probably appeared on our television hundreds of times before Rick and my paths crossed.
TV News didn’t seem to be as depressing when I was a kid; all of the “evil” seemed separated from our area of southern New Jersey. We lived far away from “the cities,” places like Camden or Newark or Philadelphia; we walked anywhere without fear or anticipation. Today, however, safety is VERY elusive and the world is SO much smaller. Evil and sinful behavior seems to surround us everywhere we are; its existence is broadcast into our lives 24-7, into our own pockets and purses. “As it was in the days of Noah,” sinful behavior is celebrated, for evil reigns.
Since we know so much of the cultures between Noah’s days and ours, we know God will protect His people (that’s us) and judge the world’s wickedness. That doesn’t mean we should simply sit in our living rooms, confident in God’s protection over and love for us. We must listen for the voice of God, as Noah and his family did, and act as the Lord desires. If He says, “speak up,” we need to use our voices for Him. If He says, “help out,” we need to use our hands, feet, and wallets for Him. If He says, “pray,” we need to carry the world’s burdens to Him and lay them at His feet. We need to live according to His principles and teachings; He has not left us without His Spirit and His servants to open the scriptures to us when we are confused or lack full understanding of His Word, the Holy Bible!
Just as “up to the day Noah entered the ark,” God is caring for His children!!
Unless noted, scripture is NIV ©1984 Int’l Bible Society
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