Evil Inclination

When the Lord smelled the pleasing aroma, He said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, even though man’s inclination is evil from his youth. I will never again strike down every living thing as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease.” Genesis 8:21-22 HCSB

How do children learn to do evil? There seems to be an inclination for evil even from a very young age. Toddlers seem to have a built in selfish attitude. They naturally don’t want to share toys and often take toys from other children. They scream or cry when things don’t go their way. There seems to be a desire to do exactly opposite of what their parents have requested of them.

In spite of man’s inclination for evil, God loves man and is patient toward him so he might be saved. When we sin, we deserve God’s judgment and to be destroyed. God has promised never to destroy the earth again until the Judgment Day when Christ returns to destroy evil forever. Every change of season is a reminder of God’s promise.

Challenge: Thank God for His love and patience even though you are inclined toward evil. God is always faithful and can be trusted to keep His promises. Praise Him for His promise to never destroy the earth and for providing a way that you can escape destruction on Judgment Day.

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