SHEPHERD TO SHEEP
VIOLENCE IN THE LAND
(Genesis 6:13) And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
God made the world so beautiful. But then man sinned against his Creator and it didn’t take long for violence to enter the world with Cain killing his brother Abel. By Noah’s time the world was so full of violence that God sought to destroy it and start over. Now history is repeating itself in our times as our news is filled with foreign terrorism as well as violence in our own land. What is going on? Will it ever stop? Will we ever feel safe?
There has always been violence in our country but the acceleration of it is what is getting to us. (Hab 1:3) Why do You show me iniquity, and cause me to see trouble? For plundering and violence are before me; there is strife, and contention arises. We used to call it the problem of urbanization but now no sector of our cities or rural population is excluded: (Psa 55:9)…For I have seen violence and strife in the city. And it’s not all foreign terrorists finding their way into America to wreak this havoc. It’s also of our own citizens that commit mass murders in public places as well as domestic violence in apparently cozy homes with non-suspecting neighbors.
If you are a person of faith you know that this was predicted: (Mat 24:37) But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. It’s an unmistakable sign of the times and marks the soon coming of Christ that only a few will be prepared for: (1 Peter 3:20) who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.
As believers we also know that we have promised protection from the Lord: (2 Samuel 22:3) The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence. God’s got us covered and His angels are all around us! And just think that when we are gone how bad the world will be without our godly influence as salt and light: (Rev 9:21) And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
One of these days we will be in Christ’s kingdom with zero percent crime! (Isa 60:18) Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; But you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.
Violence is also a wake-up call to Christians who have been lukewarm to get their fire back for the Lord and stop living for this world that is perishing. (2 Pet 3:11) Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness.