Our Perverse Generation

Our Perverse Generation

     You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you?

Matthew 17:17

Last Sunday, the preacher gave us the above Scripture verse. The word, perverse, keeps flashing in my mind like a neon sign. Jesus used this term for unbelieving Israelites during His time on earth, but I’d use it for now.

Does every generation believe they are the most corrupt to ever live? Perhaps. I feel this way about ours. Headlines scream of evil. Corruption envelopes politics and business. Sin runs rampant everywhere we look.

News is discouraging.

God gave us a map to guide our steps. His Holy Word led Peter and John in the first century, the Crusaders hundreds of years later, Martin Luther in the 1500s, and us here in 2016. Nothing takes our Lord by surprise. I find comfort in that. Oh, wow, think of the perverse generations that have gone on before us; times of war, slavery, and fear.

What was Jesus’ answer to His perverse generation?


  1. He rebuked the devil.
  2. He condemned the unbelief.
  3. He reminded his disciples that faith no bigger than a mustard seed could move mountains.
  4. He taught that harder problems required prayer and fasting.


Are you worried? Discouraged? Fearful? Alone?

Read God’s map and follow His directions.

  1. Rebuke the devil.
  2. Believe God is in control.
  3. Trust in God’s power.
  4. Pray and fast for our country, our world.

The devil is the prince of the world, but God is all powerful.    

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.               1 John 4: 4

Janet K. Brown About Janet K. Brown

Janet K. Brown scored a dream come true when God gave her writing as her ministry. Her women’s fiction, Worth Her Weight, released this year as a compliment to her devotion book, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. She lives with her husband in Wichita Falls, TX and loves to visit family and share with writers and readers.


  1. Janet, you make many good points regarding our broken and fractured world today. You road map from God says a lot, but number two is my favorite. God is in control. Period. I’m seeing that His delay in handling our perverseness is related to His love and His desire that ALL come to Him. Thank you for this fine post!

  2. Janet K Brown says:

    I agree, Jude. He loves us all so much. Such a comforting thought, isn’t it? Especially when we think of loved ones still not committed to Christ.

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