Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with wickedness. God saw how corrupt the earth was, for every creature had corrupted its way on the earth. Then God said to Noah, “I have decided to put an end to every creature, for the earth is filled with wickedness because of them; therefore I am going to destroy them along with the earth.” Genesis 6:11-13 HCSB
Listen to the nightly news or read the paper and you will learn of all the corruption in the world today. The headlines tell us of Christians being killed and taken advantage of because of their faith in Jesus. Here in Louisville, Kentucky there have already been over 50 murders this year, which is more than the total for last year. Nationwide there have been shootings at schools, movie theaters, and even churches. Drug and alcohol related deaths are on the rise and suicides are up 30 percent. There is evil and wickedness all around us, and it seems to be getting worse each year.
These verses tell us how quickly sin had corrupted the perfect world God had created. It describes the earth as being filled with wickedness. Note that it also says “every” creature had corrupted its way on the earth. It is hard to imagine that in Noah’s time conditions were more wicked and evil than they are today. God was so disappointed in how His creation had been corrupted that He wanted to destroy it except for Noah’s family and a few of the animals and creatures with hope that the world would be better with a new start through a remnant of people who followed God.
Challenge: God has a plan for a renewed world that is perfect. It will come when Jesus Christ returns and God creates a new heaven and new earth and fills it with perfect people who have been made pure, clean, and spotless by the blood of Jesus Christ who died on the cross for all sins. Praise God that as a believer, you have the assurance that someday you will live in a perfect world where there is no more corruption, evil, or wickedness.