Dear friend, how is your dying?

One thing in advance: No! I am not depressed or have a negative view on life! To be quite honest, I love life, as much as God gives me the strength to, and as much as i can see Him working in it. Life is good, God created it, he gave it to me as a gift and He sustains it. I am thankful for every minute i get, every breath i can take, every thought i get to think (though i would love there to be more godly ones). I am so thankful for each day. A great part of the reason why i am so thankful and content with all is what i want to bring before you here.

Origins
I was recently again speaking with a brother who suffers from cancer. We had a long talk about faith and what reality has become. In our time together i was thinking about reality had become for him and how that was any different from where i am at.
On the outside there are some obvious differences: I am younger than he is, i am (as far as i know) healthy, he has cancer, he is married, i am not, etc. Death has just become a reality for him, not that he will die now, but if the treatments should fail he knows what the end of that is. So he lives a different life now. The day before he heard about this diagnosis he was a normal guy with a family, planning to get ahead in life, attending church, making plans for the future, dreaming dreams of his kids growing up, and all that. The next day all this comes tumbling down, like a house of cards. What has changed?

Well, he now has more information about when his death might happen. Maybe he can’t count on another 30-40 years anymore and rather has to plan around 5-10, unless God’s plan includes a full recovery (which in his case is, humanly speaking, likely). All life comes to an abrupt standstill, as if running against a wall of stone.
“How would i react? What would i say? Would i still be content in Christ?” Questions like those come into my mind all the time. Ministering to people in need also ministers to me. It’s a by-product of walking in the light (1 Jn 1).

So the question is still “what has changed in his life?” You see, i wanted to find out with what i can encourage him. But how do you encourage a guy who faces death? And then it hit me, right there: nothing has really changed. “Woah, hang on, but you can’t say that!” Well, think about it, we are all dying. That is the unfortunate reality. You never think about it, because you love life more, but if there is one thing for sure on this earth, it is that everybody has to die. And who guarantees you another day? I mean, really, don’t we live as if there is a Hezekiah kind of guarantee (who was given 15 years) of a set time, “at least another 20 or 30 years”. We all have a “best before” date. But nobody will ever know when that is, only God knows.

You see now, knowing this stops him to be a freak in this society. He is not the abnormal guy anymore, he is now the guy who actually has come closer to reality than you or i have come so far. I know, he is sick, i am not. So from that vantage point i seem to be further away from that reality, but that is not true. My life is in God’s hand, all days have been written out already (Ps 139:16). It might well be that i am going home to Jesus before he does. There are no guarantees.

The so what
“Ok, that just sounds a little pessimistic and morbid”, you might think. I hope to show you how seeing this encouraged me to live a life more to God’s glory than before (and i hope i could pass that on to my friend as well).

The one question that will inevitably arise out of this is “what sort of life would you live if you knew you were to die tomorrow?” Have you ever thought this? I have before this. But as quickly as this thought came, as quickly did i burry it again, because the answer to this is uncomfortable. The answer to this would include me doing what i actually knew i have and should do. It would mean that i stop living selfishly and stop investing in my little straw kingdom. You see, we don’t like that. So we live on, in a fantasy world we created for ourselves. We live as if we were to live forever on this earth, in this form with all we have now. Whether you are Christian or not, you should be able to see how silly this assumption is. We all know that death comes to all. It is part of life, part of our human condition of sinfulness, as direct result of Adam’s and our sin.

Are you seeing already where this is going? If i stop living my life as if i have another 40 years (which i might, or might not) and start living as a “dying man amongst dying men”, then my days will be much fuller with ministry to others. I believe this understanding should get even the most lethargic pew warmer of his behind and finally begin to be what he is called to be, an “ambassador for Christ” (2 Cor 6:20). A similar answer we can find in 2 Peter 3:11-12. The Apostle is showing how the second coming of Christ will make an end to what we now see. No timeframe is given. It could be today, or in thousand years, or whenever. In other places we read about Christ’s coming “like a thief in the night”. It will be unannounced and sudden.

Your life might find it’s earthly end then, whenever that is. Or it might find its end here on this earth tomorrow in a car accident, a stroke, cancer, HIV related issues, a house breaking … the possibilities are endless. There is not a guarantee. Please understand this. It is very important to understand God’s gift of life, every day anew. This is important to understand His never ending grace and mercy, every day anew.

Another friend of mine was just 2 weeks ago diagnosed with HIV. He is a child of God, a pastor in fact, who got this disease not because of anything he had done wrong. He went through so many difficult situations in the past two years: he lost two children in infancy, his grandmother (who raised him) died, his wife suffered from depression because of the loss of the children, he got sick all the time. And now this. What does a guy like that say about life, reality and God?
With tears in his eyes he stood before me, after he just heard the news of his test results. He said to me “Thomas, you know, my life has changed so much in the past two years. I realize now that everything has been given by God. I don’t just know it, i know it now. All things come from Him, every day is a gift, and all things in that day”.

I was fighting my tears as i tried to encourage him. Inside of me i was broken because of this tragedy, after all he went through and after all his faithful and godly example. But i was also broken over the this man’s faith and love for God, which put my own life in the correct light. You see, he began to live according to reality, i was still living in my self-created dream world. But my saved and changed nature screamed out that he is right! He is so right!

What it is about
There is so much more one could (and maybe should) say about this. I have only started touching the surface of a deep, deep ocean of truth. One thing is realized is that it is not really about how i live (please track with me on this now), but about how i die.

Why is that?

Firstly because of what have said until now, the reality of living each day as another present from God. But there is also another reason: you can live a fantastically Christian and churchian life, just to fall away on the last lap, deny the faith and your creator. This happened so often in history. Take Charles Templeton, for example. What does his life now mean? He died not being able to ever repent again. And on the other hand you get the people like the mother of one of my seminar y professors, who died with the Bible open to God’s promises, praying for her children (even though they only got saved after her death). Her faithful dying (over the course of her life) left such a huge impact in many peoples lives.
So i ask you again: how is your dying? Are you busy faithfully following God, being overwhelmed by His great gifts He gives every day: live breath and everything (Acts 17:25). Are you living in faith to His promises? Do you really know these two things, that God is good and that He is sovereign (as another seminary professor’s last sermon outline read)? How will people look at your dying in hindsight? Will it be with apathy because you lived a life all for yourself and by yourself? Or will they remember you as content in God, thankful and cheerful for all you received from Him. Will they remember you as praying for others and calling them to faith in the one reality most people don’t want to open their minds to? Will you die with your Bible in your hand and God’s promises in your heart?

And just to balance this out again. If you are a believer in Christ Jesus, you understand that eternity awaits every human being, either heaven or hell. We are all eternal beings. We all live with, marry, speak to, sit next to, walk past eternal beings. As a believer in the fact that Christ has died for your personal sins, you know that He has bought forgiveness and sonship for you, by His blood and death. As a believer in God’s unfailing promises you know that you have an eternity with Christ to look forward to. As a worshiper of the risen Christ you understand that you will rise to eternal life with Him on that last day. As a faithful son of God you know that this world is only a passing stage, a pilgrimage. You are greeting from afar the promises of life eternal, at the fountain of life, in the fully revealed glory of God.

You see, dying is not so bad a thing anymore, is it? Know that if you are covered in Christ, if your found in Him and known by Him, this world is as bad as it gets. An eternity of glory, love, light and perfection awaits you.

But if you are an unbeliever, than this world is as good as it gets. If you are there, cancer and HIV will mean the end of this world for you. There is no hope. But in Christ, there is hope abounding; never ending hope!

So, dear friend, how is your dying?

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Flying lesson

“but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

(Isa 40:31)

 

When you read things like this, i wonder what you think about. Do you think success in life? Do you think money raining down on you? Do you think health, wealth and prosperity? Do you think family, children, marriage … i wonder what you think.

We love to take powerful verses like this and rip it out of context, because we love what it seems to promise. Did you ever read the chapters leading up to this? From Ahaz to Hezekiah? What is God speaking about in chapter 40?

Here is a quick thought about “mounting up with wings like eagles”, a quick flying lesson, if you will:

You need to know that between Isaiah 6 and 40 there is a lot of stuff happening. You need to know that the people who read this first where awaiting the Messiah. Was it Ahaz? A most resounding no! In fact, he was likely the worst of them all. So, no! Bad. Bad Ahaz!

Oh, maybe then it was Hezekiah? I mean, he lived a faithful live, didn’t he? Sort of, but not really. He must have looked like the One for quite some time when he was reforming the worship in Judah, tearing down pagan altars and rebelling against Sennacherib. But he had his issues. Isaiah 39 ends with his ridiculous statement of “after me the flood!” (i.e. as long as things are going well when i am alive).

God’s people, the Jews (here Judah), had been through a lot. They have endured ransacking, bad kings, near destruction (the northern kingdom was taken away completely – and all their own doing too) and still no sign of the Messiah. Hezekiah died. Still no Messiah.

The Babylonians came and took also Judah out of the Promised Land. The Temple was destroyed, all hope dashed to pieces. And in the midst of that God says “comfort, comfort my people!”  (Isa 40)

When you are going through serious times, with enemies at the gate, the earth shaking and moving (Ps 46:1-7) where are you looking to? Are you also looking for salvation, or are you also losing hope?

We have this strange idea that God will be “mounting [us] up with wings like eagles” through comfort and success. The context says “no ways!” Have you ever thought about how eagles “mount up”, how they fly? Well, they don’t fly by flying away from where the wind comes from. No, they fly against the wind. That’s how they get drift.

And the way your life gets “drift” is the same way. The way to mount “up with wings like eagles” is to fly straight into the wind and then “be still and know” that He is God (Ps 46:10). He will lift you up. It is always He who does the lifting and strengthening, but you better be prepared to face the wind head on. We like to be “saved” by getting away from the danger, by lack of troubles and presence of security … a heaven on earth. But not with God. True faith grows like bacteria on alfalfa when it encounters trouble.

Don’t run away from the wind. If you do, then God says “there will be no flying today my son!”

Read Isaiah 40 and know who God is. Hang on to the cross and face the wind. Set your sight on what is to come, eyes wide open, fixed on Him. That’s how you fly.

In Him

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A reason for truth being written, not experienced

Sunday morning at church i got to speak to dear brother of ours who was diagnosed with cancer, some time ago. This brother was speaking about how his experience was of late. He had gone through a number of chemotherapies, and related to us the effects that has on one’s mind and body. Frightening really. You just have to hate sin when you see a man in full bloom being sucked dry of life.

At a previous occasion he told me about his struggle with his faith in this time of trial. After the first week of being diagnosed he was struggling with the “why” and “why me” question. His faith was being put under trial and tested by some fierce fire. Today, when he spoke to us (i was not alone), he seemed much stronger in his faith, but still in a struggle. We comforted and encouraged him.

The interesting part of our conversation was when he told us what effect the chemotherapy had on his emotions. He told us about the times when he just could not care less about anything anymore (including God). He lived in limbo land, his experience of life was seriously dampened. How did he retain his faith in this time of testing, standing beside himself?

The written Word of God.

We were able to rejoice together about the fact that whatever changes in a man’s head, the written Word of God never changes. It is a reflection of who He is, unfailing, undeceiving, unchanging.

I am so glad that truth is not brought by experience! This story he told us about his mind and emotions changing confirmed to me one thing i had already suspected: experience cannot be trusted. However we feel about God and truth is irrelevant because our feelings are like a granny on ice skates. In fact, if our Christian life was build on emotions and experience we would not make it far. Our hearts fickle and deceiving, but the written Word of God remains the same, for all days and as long as this earth keeps on revolving around the sun (less poetic but more accommodating to our scientific friends).

Take joy in the fact that God chose to reveal himself this way, and not through some emotional experience. It cannot be trusted. God’s written Word, however, can.

In Him.

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The Amazing Graciousness of Grace

My pastor and friend Josh sent me this quote this morning. I was so encouraged by it that i decided to share it with you. We will have a series around that very topic soon. I am so excited!

“How can we recover the new affection for Christ and his kingdom that so powerfully impacted our life-long worldliness, and in which we crucified the flesh with its lusts?
What was it that created that first love in any case? Do you remember? It was our discovery of Christ’s grace in the realization of our own sin. We are not naturally capable of loving God for himself, indeed we hate him. But in discovering this about ourselves, and in learning of the Lord’s supernatural love for us, love for the Father was born. Forgiven much, we loved much. We rejoiced in the hope of glory, in suffering, even in God himself. This new affection seemed first to overtake our worldliness, then to master it. Spiritual realities—Christ, grace, Scripture, prayer, fellowship, service, living for the glory of God—filled our vision and seemed so large, so desirable that other things by comparison seemed to shrink in size and become bland to the taste.
The way in which we maintain ‘the expulsive power of a new affection’ is the same as the way we first discovered it. Only when grace is still ‘amazing’ to us does it retain its power in us. Only as we retain a sense of our own profound sinfulness can we retain a sense of the graciousness of grace.”

Sinclair Ferguson

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Zealous for Christ’s Calvinism/ Calvinist Couch Potatoes

If the title has seduced you (wow, never thought I could use seduce positively) then my goal is achieved. This is my first time writing for ‘Fresh Words for Young Minds’. Hope you all enjoy it. I have been chatting lately with my friend Michael (from ‘Living Waters SA www.TenThousandDollarOffer.com); we notice, as I’m sure you do, that among the reformed, of any age, there appears to be a deadness… A blandness even… A lack of life. We all want sound expository preaching, and we mind our T’s, U’s, L’s, I’s and P’s (was that a bit to much? 🙂 ) We attend prayer meetings, go to conferences and really just generally gorge ourselves on some good solid Pink maybe some Gill (hyper dude, bit of a shame). But as some of the pagan prophets of our time say, “where is the love” (Note: I don’t think they are really prophets, was just trying to be cool like when Paul did it)

Yet if we look at men like Spurgeon, Calvin, Bunyan and Whitefield , modern day guys like MacArthur and Piper they all had (and have, that being the living ones) such an evangelistic zeal, such a fire for truth, such a depth of humility, such a love of the saints… Where is that today? Why is the same system of theology (I reject it as a system by the way, but thats another topic) that made them so on fire, turning our people today into Calvinistic Couch Potatoes?

Tyrell… What is a Calvinistic Couch Potatoes, is it a reformed dude, that watches too much TV?

Well, my dear Omnesimus (thats is a general term of endearment to you dear reader), A Calvinistic couch potatoes is one that that has this intellectual assent (acceptance) of the Doctrines of grace, which develops into a snobbery of intellectual dominance (they think they are smart cause they understand it, and now know the truth), which results in them gorging more and more, as I expressed in the beginning, thus become Calvinists in the head, but not the heart.

I don’t have this down, just the other day I stuck the Scripture on my door “Pride comes before the fall, and a haughty spirit before destruction” to remind myself every time before I leave my house; that blessed are the meek, and poor in Spirit, cause I forget all the time.

The following is part of an email I received, from friend (Michael, the dude I mention earlier), not sure where he got it from, but it really captured this for me:

The upsurge of Calvinism on the Internet in the 1990s seems to have spawned a large and unprecedented movement of jejune Calvinists who wear arrogance as if it were the team uniform. That kind of hotshot, shoot-from-the-hip Calvinism is ugly. I don’t blame anyone for being appalled by it. I’m worried about those who think it’s a good thing.

Obviously those criticisms are mostly generalizations, and they don’t necessarily apply to every Calvinist on the Internet. But (and here’s the hard part) I’m willing to admit that there have been times when every one of those criticisms could be legitimately applied to something I wrote or posted to a public forum somewhere. I’ll especially confess to my shame that I’m too much of a polemicist and not enough of an evangelist.

Historic Calvinism is not supposed to be that way. Yes, Calvinism is virile; it’s relentless when it comes to truth; and it’s not always easy to swallow. But it is full of truths that should humble us and fill us with compassion rather than swagger and conceit. The best Calvinism has always been fervently evangelistic, large-hearted, benevolent, merciful, and forgiving. After all, that’s what the doctrines of grace are supposed to be all about.

Until we get back there, some of the lumps the Reformed movement is currently taking are well-deserved.

And meanwhile, my advice to young Calvinists is to learn your theology from the historic mainstream Calvinist authors, not from blogs and discussion forums on the Internet. Some of the forums may be helpful in pointing you to more important resources. But if you think of them as a surrogate for seminary, you’re probably going to become an ugly Calvinist-and if you get hit in the face with a rotten egg, you probably deserve it.

Well, thats just my thoughts for now, will check in soon. Pray my brothers (and sisters), may God be gracious to us, may we love our Lord as much as we love of theology, no, more so.

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Strange encouragement …

This will (again) be a reflection on something that Piper wrote in his excellent book “Taste and See”. The piece is about meditations on Hebrews 10:14:

“For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified”

John Piper was speaking about the seeming contradiction of having been perfected/sanctified and yet still having to be perfected/sanctified. It sure sounds strange to begin with, but there is great encouragement in this. Piper made the point that “you can have assurance that you stand perfected and completed in the eyes of your heavenly Father, not because you are perfect now, but precisely because you are not perfect now but are ‘being sanctified’ – ‘being made holy’.”

Never thought about it that way.

And here is another thing. First of all we should notice that in Hebr 10:14 the actions are all passive, He has perfected and then are being sanctified. Why would that be important? Isn’t it obvious?

Well, i hold that we have a problem in our daily living out our faith that relates to this: ok, most of us agree that salvation is a work of God, not of us. He works faith in us to believe, which ends in salvation (Eph 2:8). So, no problem here. But when it comes to sanctification we have a different attitude.

I think much of our depression comes from the fact that “we don’t do what we know we should be doing” (c.f. Paul). We get thrown down because we expect our lives to be ones of consistent obedience and righteousness. Now, it absolutely must be like that, but are you working it?

I often feel like I should not be named after Christ because of my actions and wrong-doings. I end up looking at myself thinking “man, but you should know better”. And I should. So I end up losing my joy and feel thrown back, because i wasn’t able to live up to what my nature wants me to live like.

Just to be clear, it is vital that we are sensitive towards our sins. It is a very bad sign when you become apathetic about it. You should seriously worry about your salvation if sin is not loathsome to you (more about that in a following post). But here is the mind change (at least for me):

I am excepting my life to be perfect, according to the reality of having been perfected by Christ. I am perfect because Christ is perfect and I am in Him (the whole of Colossians 2 – count it). When God looks at my life He does not see me but Christ. Amen to that!

But the strange encouragement from Hebrews 10:14 says that you should not look at being perfect in what you do but rather rejoice that you are not perfect yet, but in the process of growing in Christ-likeness. So it is the process of seeing your sins turning from it that is encouraging, not the fact that you are not perfect. And I can see that. I hate sin. I hate to fail in my walk. I hate to be unwise and ungodly. But I must rejoice in the fact that I can see and that I can change.

And I can change only because of the passive verbs in this passage! I am being sanctified, not sanctifying myself. Of course that does not abdicate all the imperatives in Scripture. God works in, through and with us. Obedience, and a desire to be obedient, are signs of salvation (1 John). But it remains that it is God doing even the perfecting part. I take courage in that. I am not loved and accepted only when i am perfect, but precisely because i am not, yet getting there.

Ends Piper:

“So take heart. Fix your eyes on the once-for-all, perfecting work of Christ. And set your face against all known sin.”

Gotta love it!

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Musings on the N1, #1

This morning i read in John Piper’s devotional book “Taste and See” about the two sides of God, namely Love and … well Him being God. He speaks there about the problem that often we want one but leave the other, or, that we are out of balance, leaning towards one side.

It got me thinking about who God is, while driving to work.

I got stuck on Jesus being the creator of all things. I was musing the fact that this world seems nothing like what we would expect it to be. I was wondering about some doubts that are expressed by unbelievers (and us at times alike) when they say that “how can there be a God when the world looks like it is?” I used to scorn at this question.

Not that i have changed my basic position, but I see now the vast gap between what and who God is and what we and this world is. In this context this question is a vital one; or rather the answer to that question.

Let’s just think for a moment who God is:

God is perfect. That means everything He does, is and encompasses is flawless.

God is holy. That means He is absolutely different from us. He is not a man, but spirit. His thoughts are not our thoughts. His ways not our ways. His desires not our desires. He alone can make a claim to be worshipped. We worship Him because it is right.

God is good. That means that everything that happens under His control is for the good of everything (including you and me). It also means that nothing non-good can originate from Him. He is essentially good. We worship Him because it the best thing for us as well.

God is absolutely sovereign. That means that He is control of all things, at all times. Nothing in creation can stay His hand.

God is love. That means that God is longsuffering, out for the best of all of creation.

God is just. That means that no injustice exists with Him and His economy. It means that He can be forgiving as well as judging.

God is all-powerful (or omnipotent). That means that He can do everything He wants to do.

God is everywhere present (or omnipresent). That means that there is no place on this earth where God is not fully present in all His power and the rest of His attributes.

God is eternal. That means that for Him there is no past, present or future, everything happens at the same time.

God is also all-knowing (omniscient). That means there is nothing that evades his mind. He knows things before they happen (s.o).

God is a consuming fire. His holiness and perfection make Him unapproachable. He is fierce against ungodliness and His self proclaimed enemies.

God is righteous. That means He is not out there to trip people up. He is the defender of the helpless, the healer of the sick, the comforter of the lonely, the judge of the guilty, the avenger of the guiltless …

And many more things. Read your Bible.

Now. If we look at God how He picture Himself in Scripture, we see this amazing and pure God. The more we go one about His attributes the more awe struck we get (or should at least). He is everything that encompasses good, right, perfect and just.

Then the question this morning was: “why do I not see it in creation then?”.

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” (Gen 1:31)

All things were created in accordance with His character. I look around me and is see the complete opposite of that. Car fumes hugging the city like a giant cheese lid. People driving as if they got bonuses from killing others. I live in a country where you can’t open the newspapers anymore because of all the crime and violence that is reported. People are dying around us because others just don’t care about life. Every day we read of rape, women in the 60s, women in their 40’s, women in their 20’s and yes, even babies. Every day you can get another story of a family wiped out house breaking thieves … just for the heck of it. You read of people getting shot 8 times just because they were cooperative.

You read and hear about failing marriages, globally. In some parts of the world you have a 50% divorce rate, steadily climbing. You have people stealing from friends, impregnating girlfriends, ruining campuses because the fees are too high, burning trains, leaving family behind, abandoning babies and children, cursing loved ones, hating each other and being hated, blowing themselves and 50 others to pieces because of a lie, selling women for pleasure, degrading the elderly because of “uselessness”. We have become so accustomed to throw everything away that we deem “useless” that our morality went as one of the first things. You have countries glory in the fact that they hate God, even though historically their very comfort zones bear witness to their foolishness. It truly is a global “and everybody did what was right in their own eyes” (like in the time of the Judges).

We have an economy of people that disregard, hate, malign, swear at, make fun, curse and flat out ignore their very maker. We have a society that reckons themselves to be “ok” just because they sit in a building with a guy sharing his twisted thoughts on world peace, or reading from the guestbook (as witnessed in a church in Germany).

We all believe that we are good people doing bad things, that good trees can produce bad fruit in its entirety.

We live in a world that reckons evil to be good and good to be evil, white to be black and black to be white. The trend today is to self-deification, i.e. ‘i make the rules’. We esteem intellectualism over mercy and in the process become fools, because we have become “wise in our own eyes”. Today, as super intellectuals, we have even “grown out of” the idea that things are mutually exclusive. In our “intellectual society” we glory in the fact that everybody can have their own absolute truth … or better yet, that there is no absolute truth at all (except that statement, of course). It is a world and society that lifts up its hands in sheer glee on its way to self-destruction.

Do get how that is SO different from who God is? Do you see how the question to “where is God” is really not that silly? I actually think it to be good sign, if somebody asks me that after i showed them God, because that means they understood what God is saying about Himself.

Yes, He is HOLY!

But why does God not interfere? Why does He not come down and rain hell on all this unrighteousness, selfishness, godlessness, murder and crime? Is He blind? Can he not see? Is He distant? Or maybe He is just “opium for the people”, a rationalisation of the desperate?

I will submit to you that God is doing something about it. In fact He is doing it right now. What He does is actually in complete accordance with His character. He remains just , He remains love. He is both God and love.

God is patient because He loves: “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. ” (2Pe 3:9)

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. ” (Rom 1:18)

The wrath of God is already being revealed. He is busy judging people already by letting them do what they want to do (Rom 1:24). But His final judgment is still outstanding (c.f. Col 3:5-6, Rom 12:19).

So, God is being God and he shows His love by not just clean sweeping the whole place.

But what is He doing about this evil that we so easily cling to?

Instead of doing the just thing, by destroying all ungodliness, He chose to have Himself pay for our evil. He died, in His Son, on the cross for you and me, so we can go free and have a new life (a second chance, if you will). He makes us new creatures.

And it is in this that He does something about this place. What is that? Well, it’s the changing of the world by the changing of hearts; one by one. This changing is the faith in Jesus Christ, the exact image of God, the righteous creator and finisher of all things.

The question is, will you trust in this message, or do you keep on searching for “signs and wonders” that could show that God is really in control? He is in control, you know? But He works in ways we don’t expect it … in the microcosm.

Be encouraged to hang on to this in a time where hope seems a withering word, wiser and more happy generations once new.

In the supremacy of Christ in all things!

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