Today’s reading: Genesis 4-6
Today’s reflection: Genesis 6:5
The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
This text describes the state of mankind during the time of Noah. Mankind had not merely become evil; it was only ever evil. Note the absolute language: every, continually. The wickedness described here is constant, pervasive, unending, like a cloud of darkness no light could penetrate. And not only were mankind’s actions evil, but the intent behind those actions—everything in their hearts and minds—was evil as well. This brought about the destruction of the flood (Genesis 6:9-7:24)
As bible teacher Joyce Meyer likes to say, “where the mind goes, the man follows.” God has a plan for our minds (Philippians 4:8), but as Genesis 6:5 shows us the enemy has one too. He knows if he can capture our minds he can lead us down a path to our destruction as he did to mankind during Noah’s time. How does he do this?
Have you heard of the boiled frog experiment? Drop a frog into a pot of boiling water and it will instantly sense the danger and leap out. But place the frog in cold water and gradually raise the temperature a one degree per minute and its nervous system is not capable of detecting the increasing threat. Eventually the frog is killed—cooked alive while it sits still.
Our moral character is similar. We never start with the intention of becoming evil, but those seemingly small things—the bad habit we know we should give up, that refusal to forgive a wrong, a treasured sin—when allowed to take root in the heart and mind gradually grow. They overwrite one’s idea of right and wrong and make other wrongs seem acceptable, until complete destruction is the outcome.
James 1:14-15 – 14) But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15) Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
I encourage you to use the power God makes available to each of us. Make no allowance for evil (Romans 13:14) even in our thoughts, and allow God to renew every aspect of your being, including your mind (Romans 12:2).