But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. Genesis 6:8 and 9b ESV
Live in a wicked society long enough and it has a numbing effect. Either I will be willing to be lonely for the cause of Christ or my craving for company will tempt me to do whatever it takes to fit in. If my church is asleep, I’ll tone down my zeal to blend in.
There is a cry to lay down our lives. It is desperate, prophet-like. As society regresses into lawlessness, it is a critical trumpet sound. More like Noah are hearing God’s call to come out of the shadows. The Apostle Paul recalls Elijah’s words to the Lord as he despaired over the evil he was witnessing. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” Romans 11:2-5
I want to be one of the 7,000. Let my heart burst with the cries of those who want to be fully awake, watchful, feeling what Jesus feels. We won’t be popular. We’ll need the wisdom to know how to manage the anger of being spurned while discerning God’s holy anger for when we see indifference. Ultimately, we will need to be willing to have our hearts broken for the lost, to lay down personal comforts so that God’s call for repentance can be expressed through our tears. As God views this world headed for destruction and a generation of Christians anesthetized by pervasive moral decline, may He see us stand apart from the rest.
I want to react to my world through the eyes of Your Spirit. Give me Your visceral reaction ~ followed by crafted wisdom that only originates with You. Amen