And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly. 2 Peter 2:5.
God warned the inhabitants of the old world of what He purposed to do in cleansing the earth of its impurity. But they laughed to scorn what they regarded as a superstitious prediction.
Many at first appeared to receive the warning; yet they did not turn to God with true repentance. They were unwilling to renounce their sins. During the time that elapsed before the coming of the Flood, their faith was tested, and they failed to endure the trial. Overcome by the prevailing unbelief, they finally joined their former associates in rejecting the solemn message. Some were deeply convicted, and would have heeded the words of warning; but there were so many to jest and ridicule, that they partook of the same spirit, … and were soon among the boldest and most defiant scoffers; for none are so reckless and go to such lengths in sin as do those who have once had light but have resisted the convicting Spirit of God.
They continued their festivities and their gluttonous feasts; they ate and drank, planted and builded, laying their plans in reference to advantages they hoped to gain in the future; and they went to greater lengths in wickedness, and in defiant disregard of God’s requirements, to testify that they had no fear of the Infinite One….
Had the antediluvians believed the warning, and repented of their evil deeds, the Lord would have turned aside His wrath, as He afterward did from Nineveh. But by their obstinate resistance to the reproofs of conscience and the warnings of God’s prophet, that generation filled up the measure of their iniquity, and became ripe for destruction.
The Lord has sent us, by His ambassadors, messages of warning, declaring that the end of all things is at hand. Some will listen to these warnings, but by the vast majority they will be disregarded.
Thus will it be when Christ comes. Farmers, merchants, lawyers, tradesmen, will be wholly engrossed in business, and upon them the day of the Lord will come as a snare.
Conflict and Courage p. 37
—–update—-Abigail is out of the hospital. The parents of little Abigail are planning to fast from lunchtime this coming Sabbath (20th) for 24 hours until lunch on Sunday, praying for both the parents and the child, that God will work wonders in their case and allow the return of their child out of foster care and CFS control completely. Anyone who wishes to join in the fast is welcome to do so. Debby
—–B still needs a good job. L
—–update— PTL! My radio is found! Thanks for your prayers! Lorna
—– The Greenfields have returned home for an early and extended furlough due to Daniel being diagnosed with cancer. The prognosis is very positive and they plan to be back in the field by the end of the year. When the light starts to shine in un-entered areas, Satan does what he can to stifle it. God’s fingerprints can be seen in this and they are trusting God to see them through. We invite you to pray with them that the treatment will be successful and they will be able to return to the mission field. Esther
What wonderful love our God has for us! Think of it! The Creator of the
universe, He, Who is worshipped and adored by all the heavenly host, set
aside His glorious robes and crown and came to this dark and evil world
to live as a man. And more than this, He did not come into this world as
a king or a rich man. He was born into a very poor family. A family who
had to work hard for every morsel of food they ate. As He was growing
up, His muscles must have ached from the hours of hard work. He suffered
hunger. He suffered ridicule. He endured all the hardship the devil
could heap upon Him. He did all this because He loves each of us as
though there were no other person in all the world.
Are we willing to endure hardship for Jesus? Do we love Him as much as
we should? Are we willing to spend time on our knees praying to the
Majesty of the Universe asking for the strength to do His will? He spent
all night in prayer for us. Jesus said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy
God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it,
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang
all the law and the prophets.”Matt 22:37-40
Let us determine to serve God no matter what the cost. Let us throw
ourselves at Jesus’ feet and obtain the mercy and grace and strength to
do right which He longs to give us. Let us tear self from the throne of
our hearts and let Jesus reign supreme. “Let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience
the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and
finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured
the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the
throne of God.” Heb 12:1,2