“Why?”

This past week leaves us all wondering how there can be such evil in the world as we watched the horrendous act of violence in Las Vegas last Sunday.  But yet, it seems to be happening here in American and around the world with much more frequency.  “Why?” is the question that everyone is asking.  As a Christian, we are not to go to the media or the politicians or the talking points for our answer.  We are to go to God’s Word.  And God’s Word has something to say about it.  Before the Lord returns, and He will whether you  believe it or not, the earth will be as it was in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37 NLT –37 “When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day.”)   So how was it in those days?  Genesis 6:5, 11 & 12 (NLT) says: 5 The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.  11 Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. 12 God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt.”  But God did not destroy the earth without a warning.  2 Peter 2:5 (NLT) tells us:  5….. Noah warned the world of God’s righteous judgment.”  They were warned but did not heed the warning.  This is a description of how it will be when Jesus returns.  It doesn’t sound too far off from what is happening in our world today. Not just the increase of violence but also how people are ignoring God’s Word and living as they please.  Let us hold the innocent victims of this evil act in our prayers and thoughts as once again our nation mourns.  But remain vigilant.  By God’s mercy, He has told us what it will be like in the last days so we will know the season of Christ’s return. God has warned us so we can be ready.

1 You may as well know this too, Timothy, that in the last days it is going to be very difficult to be a Christian. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money; they will be proud and boastful, sneering at God, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful to them, and thoroughly bad. 3 They will be hardheaded and never give in to others; they will be constant liars and troublemakers and will think nothing of immorality. They will be rough and cruel, and sneer at those who try to be good. 4 They will betray their friends; they will be hotheaded, puffed up with pride, and prefer good times to worshiping God. 2 Timothy 3:1-4 (TLB)