Summary: From the chaos before Creation through the chaos of today’s world, GOD is in control
In the beginning the world was in chaos. There was no form, no function, no order, "Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths." GOD was not pleased with what He saw and created the heavens, the earth, and all living things. "GOD said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. GOD saw that the light was good, and GOD separated the light from the darkness." The creation plan was orderly, achieved step by step; following each step GOD stood back, enjoyed what He had accomplished, and called it good. From this story of the beginning of time until today, light is the symbol of goodness, of Christ, "I am the Light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the Light of Life." And conversely, darkness is depicted as evil.
Mankind could not hold onto that light and sin entered the world. Following the Fall of Adam and Eve mankind survived for several generations. Once again chaos reared its venomous head and evil overcame the world. Mankind was so wicked, GOD could not look upon His creation, "When the LORD saw that man’s wickedness was widespread on the earth and that every scheme his mind thought of was nothing but evil all the time, the LORD regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. Then the LORD said, ’I will wipe off the face of the earth: man, whom I created, together with the animals, creatures that crawl, and birds of the sky—for I regret that I made them.’" However, GOD’s disgust with mankind did not take away His love for the Creation or even mankind. GOD had mercy on Noah, and his family was spared to carry on GOD’s plan for the world. For several more generations the population grew and again certain areas became vile in GOD’s site. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their inhabitants except for Lot and his daughters, were annihilated in a storm of fire and brimstone. To this day no one knows the exact locations of these cities nor has any archaeological digs found remnants of them. It is as if they never even existed.
These were all tragic circumstances. But we must wonder: Just how wicked had these people become that the Creator was so sickened by their actions He completely eradicated them from existence? How chaotic had the world developed to so thoroughly appall the GOD of love? "And we have come to know and to believe the love that GOD has for us. GOD is love." The people had become wicked and GOD amassed His divine judgment upon them.
Do you reckon they had any advance warning this destruction was going to happen? "Then GOD said to Noah, “I have decided to put an end to all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence because of them; therefore I am going to destroy them along with the earth. Make yourself an ark"... And Noah did this. He did everything that GOD had commanded him." We know it took Noah some time to build this big old boat and to collect all the animals. There is also some thought there had been no rain on the earth until this time; it was watered by underground sources. Humankind is a curious lot. We would have to suppose when Noah began building, the people would have gathered around and inquired what he was up to. Scripture says Noah "did everything that GOD had commanded him." Do you imagine Noah warned them of the coming catastrophe? Wouldn’t any good neighbor warn another of a coming disaster? Abraham tried to talk GOD away from destroying Sodom and Gomorrah. The angels of the LORD gave the cities ample opportunity to repent; even Lot, in his own perverse way, attempted to dissuade them of their wicked intention. Yet they continued on with their faces turned against GOD.