Every generation has a personality of sorts, with strengths and weaknesses. In every generation it can sometimes seem like the Law “is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth” (Hab. 1:4); nevertheless, our sinful natures cling to the Law—to our own efforts—which cannot save us. As Jesus says, “Temptations to sin are sure to come” (Luke 17:1), and sometimes those temptations, abetted by generational weaknesses, overtake us. We are surrounded by “destruction and violence” (Hab. 1:3). What then? The only true hope–for this life and the life to come—is in the One who brings “life and immortality to light” (2 Tim. 1:10): Jesus Christ. He took the punishment for all sin. He rose from the dead. And He loves each of us enough—loves each generation enough—to call us to repentance… and give us Life. He “saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.” (2 Timothy 1:9, ESV)