Only Jesus all the Time
But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and livestock with him in the boat. He sent a wind to blow across the earth, and the floodwaters began to recede.
The only ones who survived the Flood are the ones who wholly trusted God & added nothing else to their obedience. Everyone in the world with an alternate opinion perished in the Flood.
In no way does it mean Noah and his family were sinless. They’re human like everyone else. And God addresses the state of all human hearts 20 verses later. I will never again curse the ground because of the human race, even though everything they think or imagine is bent toward evil from childhood. I will never again destroy all living things. (Genesis 8:21)
But they also have free will like everyone else. And using our free will to trust in God and obey him gives all of us, with a heart bent toward evil from childhood, options.
Everyone with an alternate opinion perished in the flood. Similarly, going along to get a long is serving world group-thought that is only bent towards evil. Only Jesus gives us options. Even those saved by believing in him (see Romans 3:22) continue to have options. We can confidently NOT do what everyone else is doing just because there’s so many people doing it. His ways prevent our destruction – not just eternally but right now in my parenting, my marriage, all my relationships, my job, my finances & everything.
The only way to be delivered by only evil all the time is only looking to Jesus every day all the time.
Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.
It is easier and easier to see these days what only evil all the time will look like. Thank you for preserving, protecting, teaching & equipping the ones who trust in your Son, in whose name I pray, amen.