One of the greatest mysteries in the universe is the mutual attraction which exists between men and women. It is not something which can be predicted with any certainty – people who seem totally unsuited to each other fall in love and happily marry, while others who, on the surface, seem to be totally compatible with each other detest one another. A wise man once wrote, “There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a maiden.” (Proverbs 30:18-19 NIV)
No matter how much we enjoy our profession, there are certain aspects of every job which are tedious, boring or which we do not like. No work is one-hundred percent enjoyable all the time. Unfortunately, there are many people who are trapped in occupations or jobs which they do not enjoy. Their days are filled with dreary drudgery. Their minds wither from the tedious mechanical repetition of their tasks. Some people even have bosses who exploit and abuse them. The only reason they go to work is it is the only way to earn the money they need to survive. We may not always be able to change jobs or find work which we like. Those over us may not always be kind and considerate. However, there is a way to make any job, no matter how distasteful, more bearable.
We all know of people who seem to lack judgment. Given a choice, they will inevitably pick the worst option. While a prudent person will hesitate to take action these people will boldly rush forward with total certainty – usually to the harm of those around them. When it is time to keep silent they loudly proclaim their opinions. When it is time to speak, they keep silent. When they happen to say the correct thing, they will do it at the wrong time. We call such people, fools.
We live in an age when people try determine everything by science. There is no doubt that science and the application of the things we have learned through science has greatly benefited mankind. Fewer people go hungry because we have learned to grow food more efficiently. We live longer and know how to cure more illnesses than ever before. By the application of the knowledge we have gained through science we can do things mankind could not do in previous ages like fly and easily communicate over long distances. Some people think that by means of science we can solve all our problems.
If you ask someone how much money he needs, quite often the answer will be, “More!” Very few will admit that they have enough. Very few are satisfied with the amount of their possessions or their income. In fact, most of us spend much of our time pursuing a bigger income, a nicer and more spacious house, a bigger car, the newest computer or smart phone.
One of the wonderful things about God is that He is just. He will never render a decision which violates justice or which is based on personal feelings or expediency. Even in the case of Sodom and Gomorrah, which were notorious for their wickedness, God sent angels to verify the facts before He destroyed them. (You can read the story in Genesis 18:16-19:29.)
Have you ever felt the stirrings of envy when you see what someone else has? We work hard yet, no matter how hard we work, it seems like we never have quite enough money to do all the things we would like. In contrast, someone else spends lavishly yet never seems to run out of money. He can indulge whatever whim takes him.
Perhaps we live in a house that is barely adequate to meet our needs – it is crowded and cramped; it is in poor repair. Even so, we find it difficult to pay the rent. Our neighbor is building a mansion with far more rooms than he will ever need – and this is only one of his residences.
Some events or situations are so vivid or traumatic that the memory of them survives in our culture as a figure of speech. The destruction of Sodom is one such event. Though it occurred many thousands of years ago, the mention of Sodom still brings to mind the fire from heaven which consumed it. When we hear of a village or city burned by fire, we say it was destroyed like Sodom.
The name of Sodom has also become a metaphor for wickedness. When we see or hear about a place which is particularly vile or notorious, we call it another Sodom.
What was the wickedness for which God destroyed Sodom? The thing most people associate with Sodom is sexual perversion. There is no doubt that they did not honor and keep keep pure the covenant of marriage. They certainly did not restrain themselves by the standards which God gave mankind regarding sexual activity.
It is easy to become discouraged when we see the injustice that takes place in our world. It is easy to become angry when people are punished for doing what is right while others are rewarded or commended for doing what is wrong. However, this raises a question: What is justice? How do we know what is right and what is wrong?
Many people go through life discontented and dissatisfied. They work hard. They acquire goods and property. Some even receive awards and recognition for their accomplishments. Yet, possessions and acclaim are not enough. Something is still lacking. No matter how much they have, they feel they need still more. King Solomon writes, “What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun? All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.” (Ecclesiastes 2:22-23 NIV)