I often wonder about the heart and mind of the Lord and how He must feel when He beholds the world He created, all the people given life by His breath first breathed into Adam and since into each one who has ever lived, and finds not even a mention of His Great Name among most…
When we gather in times of deepest sorrows and greatest joys without giving thanks and praise to our God, a vast void of darkness exists. With lofty ideals and proclamations of what we can or will do, He knows and has declared in His Word, that apart from Him we can do nothing of value, nothing of lasting worth.
So many scriptures come to mind as I hear pieces of God’s Holy Word said allowed while the most important pieces are left unspoken. Many proclaim with fervor, “nothing is impossible!” The necessary ending to this proclamation is often left off…”nothing is impossible with God.”
We live in a world of mass chaos yet daily we hear the common mantra of tolerance and diversity hailed as the road that will lead to peace. This message has become so ingrained in our culture we have stopped pursuing “like-mindedness” that is encouraged in scripture. We are told by the Prince of Peace, our Lord, to be of one mind and in one accord. We are told by Jesus Himself “I am The Way, The Truth, and The LIfe: no man comes to The Father, but by Me.” This is a foundational truth on which Christian faith rests. When we step away from honoring this fundamental teaching, we have stepped away from Christ as Savior and Lord. Jesus also made clear that we cannot serve two masters, that we would love one and despise the other. His Words clarify the whole-hearted belief and devotion necessary to be one of His own. He is uncompromising. He admonishes us to be the same. Why? Because of His perfect wisdom and great love.
When I hear individuals and groups declaring the good works they are doing yet they refuse to name the name of The Lord, I am reminded that “in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing,” (Romans 7:18) and “all our righteousness are as filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). Righteousness was established by God Himself. No one is able to alter what is eternally fixed, and the only way for us to become righteous is by coming to God through His Son. We are made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. (2 Corinthians 5:21) There is no other way.
Though we say and set out to do what seems “good,” apart from the right relationship with God through His Son, it cannot be.
What is occurring now in our vast world of woe, conflict, and deceit is nothing more than a repetition of the past. From scripture to accurate recordings of history, we find human beings have chosen to “reject the commandment of God to keep their own tradition.” (Mark 7:9) When we leave God out, we elevate ourselves, delight in ourselves, celebrate ourselves, relish “our” achievements, and heap to ourselves accolades of praise. How must He feel when apart from Him we cannot even draw a breath, and yet we gather in great assemblies and won’t even speak His Name…how heavy and sad is my heart for the heart of my cherished Lord…
I am reminded that though this is a dark and evil day which any reasonable minded person cannot refute, this is the day the Lord has placed me in. The commands are no different to me than those He established thousands of years ago. “The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
I am to teach my son of God’s redeeming love, His grace, kindness and His sovereignty; how He led the children of Israel by His Hand of mercy out of bondage and sent the promised Messiah, our Savior and Lord, to free us also from the bondage of sin and death that held us captive. What the world is missing I must be sure my children don’t miss. I cannot save them, but I can teach them His Ways and live with His praise on my lips. I feel the weight of responsibility to impart eternal truth to my children and all who will hear out of great love for them and for my Lord. Jesus said, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)
Most days I rise early to spend time before sunup setting my eyes upon the unchanging words of life and truth. I ask that God create in us righteous hearts, pure and contented minds, and clean hands before Him and that He preserve these things always within each of us. I ask for His protection and provision. That is all. That is sufficient and it accords with HIs perfect will. What I desire most is that He direct our work in truth (Isaiah 61:8) so that we will not miss what is missed by the world, and His purposes in us, both temporal and eternal, will be fulfilled for His glory and for the good of all.