Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Bertrand Russell, though a militant non-believer, nevertheless seemed to agree with Jesus on one point, Billy Graham observed once. Russell seemed to concur that evil lies in the heart, and “from our hearts it must be plucked out.”
Imagine living in a world where the one focus of people is to do evil. If you lived in that world, given the present state of your heart, would you be the exception, the hold-out? This was the spiritual and moral environment in which Noah clung to God and His righteousness. Were it not for Noah, the world would have ended right there. When the world’s heart is set on evil, God has individuals whose hearts are set on Him. Then God uses the people with the hold-out heart to keep the world going. “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord,” says Genesis 6:8. This is no surprise, since “the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.” (2 Chronicles 16:9) You can make a huge difference in your world by “holding out” for God!
TODAY’S FOCUS There is a point when your determination to walk by God’s truth overcomes your desire to follow the tempter. Stay faithful and you will reach that objective.