Watering the Tulips
May 8, 2013
“There is a generation that curses its father, and does not bless its mother. There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, yet is not washed from its filthiness. There is a generation—oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up. There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, and whose fangs are like knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men” – Proverbs 30:11-14
It’s an almost daily occurrence that some crime occurs which would never have been imagined 20 years ago. Certainly, there was crime in the previous generations. However, the acceptance of sin has multiplied 100 fold in the last 20 years. Whatever the cause may be, the generation alive today has rejected God’s standards, for the most part. By and large, we are humanistic and self-centered. Sin is worshipped and promoted while holiness is ridiculed. “There is a generation…”
Is the generation today the same generation Solomon is referring to in Proverbs? Certainly, we cannot be sure. We can be sure, however, that there is something different about the day and age in which we live. And the problem is not merely in the United States. In fact, we may have been one of the last countries to “buy in” to this humanistic worldview. But, it certainly appears that we have taken it hook, line and sinker.
But what does this mean? Certainly, it would be wrong to dogmatically assert that we are the generation which will see the coming of the Lord. We cannot know that. However, we do know that things will be noticeably different when Jesus returns. And, we have certainly seen a major shift in the attitude of mankind.
Jesus said, “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:36-39). It seems that the prevailing attitude of the generation alive when Jesus returns will be one of apathy. They will ignore any and all signs that Christ’s return is near and living it up! “There is a generation…”
I don’t mean to sound like a prophet and I certainly do not mean to make any bold predictions. I do not know the day or the hour when Jesus will return (Mark 13:32). However, today’s generation certainly looks more and more like the generation spoken of in our texts today. Every day we move more and more towards the worship of man and further away from the true worship of God.
Child of God, be ever watching and waiting for the coming of your Savior. Rejoice in your coming salvation. However, be ever warning those around you of the impending judgment following the coming of the Lord. You certainly have no power to save. But, you’ve been commissioned to warn them. And certainly, if you love them, you will!
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