“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). God intended earth to be a perfect paradise for His beloveds: US.
Because He loves us.
All God wants in return is our love and obedience.
He loves us unconditionally. He created us. He created a big, beautiful world for us. If He created both the world and us, doesn’t it make sense that He knows what is best for us?
Why don’t we love Him as he loves us?
Why don’t we obey Him?
But we are not the first to struggle with committing to God. The people of Noah’s time failed God. Man-made sin and violence flooded the once perfect earth God created. God was heartbroken. Disappointed. Angry.
Consider your painful feelings when a loved one turns their back on you. Multiply that feeling over and over, millions of times, and you might get close to understanding God’s heartache. But I doubt it. He loves us more than we can comprehend.
As the people continued to deny God and sin, God said he would bring judgement on them. He would destroy the people from the earth.
But, “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord”, Genesis 6.
God told Noah to build an ark so he and his family would be safe from the flood that He would send. The other people were probably warned of the impending judgement and disaster (1 Peter 3:20), but just as the people of today are warned of God’s final judgement, they did not heed the warning. Rather than follow God and find refuge in His loving care as Noah and his family did, the others lost their lives. No second chance to turn back to God.
The Bible clearly warns us of God’s impending judgement. Bible teachers, pastors, missionaries, and countless others tell the gospel of Jesus Christ every day; warning of the final judgement. Jesus, God’s son, will return for God’s people. Those who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior will live in eternity with God. Those who have denied the Savior, will perish in hell.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” John 3:16-19
Sadly, many people do not welcome our witness and message of the gospel. Often, the non-believers will try to persuade the witnessing believer that the gospel is wrong and to come on their side of the believing fence (that is the enemy at war against God’s people). Just as God promised to keep Noah safe, He has promised to keep His born-again children safe, now and through eternity.
In the final judgement, will you find grace in the eyes of the Lord?