Today’s Scripture: This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.  II Timothy 3:1-3

School shootings, mass murders—these days, every time we turn on the news there is another tragedy. As believers, we are faced with situations that a few decades ago would never have been an issue, like which bathroom a transgender child should use at school, or whether we will end up as victims of a shooting when we attend church.

Sometimes, I wonder how far downward can we spiral before God sets the beginning of the end in motion? In Scripture we read that the time will come when mankind will revert to the state it was in when God flooded the earth in Noah’s time—a time in which man’s thoughts were only evil continually. The wickedness was so overwhelming that God’s heart was broken by the sin of the world He had created. The world I see today seems frighteningly similar to that mentioned in the Bible. The magnitude of sin is intensifying each day because sin never satisfies.

Are we at the point that our thoughts are evil continually? I think we are really close. Read Romans 1:18-32 and consider how accurately it describes the world in which we live right now. People live together outside of marriage, marry the same gender, and value the wellbeing of creatures more than the lives of human beings. In the time of Noah, people sacrificed their children, and the land was polluted by their blood. Today, people abort their children because they can. As a whole, mankind is not at all concerned with the impending judgement.

Because we know the Lord, we have solace. Believer, when you watch the news, don’t let it consume you with fear, let it prompt you to act. The devil wants to distract you with the sin of this world; and if he cannot accomplish that, he will try to shake you with it instead. Perilous times will come, but don’t be cast down. Remember, you can accomplish more on your knees before your Almighty God than any man can accomplish armed with his sin.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.