“Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity, And sin as if with a cart rope; That say, “Let Him make speed and hasten His work, That we may see it; And let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, That we may know it. ” Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away justice from the righteous man!”
Isaiah 5:18-23 NKJV
Tick, tick, tick…
We are living life these days as if there is no God. We are worshiping ourselves and basking in the sin that we have deemed normal. We don’t just give into sin, we seek it. I like the way it says it in the passage from Isaiah I read today, “Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity…” We are embracing sin as if it is our birthright. I love the Old Testament! It very useful for the New Testament believer as an example, a guide to illuminate the universal truths that hamper people season in and season out. It is definitely woeful to seek the pleasures of sin, and the consequences are always there. Yet people still do it.
Many of us think that God is unconcerned. It is as if we are saying to God, “if you are going to do something about it, do it, otherwise we will just keep on keeping on.” We have been challenging God for centuries, and waiting for Him to do something, all the while becoming more and more bold. We have created a world where gross sin has become commonplace.
Anything goes. Our hearts have beome seared, as the standard has fallen, and all we do is measured by how far we are willing to go. We have sown many seeds of destruction, and I have the feeling that God is going to harvest the crop very soon.
We call evil good and good evil. We lower the standards for those we revere, and ignore their sinfulness, because they think the way we do. we idolize those leaders and influencers that inhabit our cultural echo chambers.
We shake off the shackles of restraint, of common sense, and seek answers that really don’t answer the most basic question. “What must I do to be saved?” We run to them, the leaders, and call them savior, hoping that they will set things right.
At the moment I write this sentence, 47, 995 people have died in the world today. The vast majority of them went to hell.
We chase our sins, get wrapped up in our politics, forward our conspiracies, worry about things we have no power over and we neglect prayer, the word of God, the great salvation.
Forty eight thousand three hundred fifty four, five, six, seven, dead. Most now in hell.
We need revival. We need to turn from the things that are really sin, but not called sin and repent. I am writing to the Church. We are calling evil good, and good evil. We are guilty of the sin of neglecting the work that God has called us to do.
I lead the pack in my guilt. There are so may things I wink at in my own life, so many actions and thoughts that go unchallenged. I am praying that the revivial begin with me.
Forty nine thousand, two hundred forty nine dead. Most gone to hell.
Believers, seek the Lord! Woe to us if we do not do what we know to do. We bring the Gospel to a sick and dying world. Lets examine ourselves, and ask God to work in our hearts so that we can take the message of Jesus to the world, that many be saved. Let us be about the work while there is still time.
We scream for justice, yet we are all unjust. We forget that we are due for God’s justice, but we were saved by Jesus going to the cross, one death that day, that made a way for us to go to Heaven.
“Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight— That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge.”
Psalms 51:1-4 NKJV
Fifty thousand dead so far today. Most gone to hell.