Wherever sin is, there also are the wrath and vengeance of God.
Lately, I’ve been seeking to bask in the WONDER of the biblical truths I read. I mean, I want them to have a greater presence and power in my life, to impact me, to change me, to become ever-present in my mind and heart.
Calvin’s statement above strikes me as a statement (and truth) that deserves contemplation along that line… I want to grasp the wonder inherent in he means.
The basis of Calvin’s statement is the holiness of God.
Holiness. It’s something that is foreign to us humans… more so as time goes on, it appears.
Our generation has reworked its definitions of anything and everything, aiming to align the definitions with what we are, rather than the other way around.
Said another way, we seek to define everything up to the standard of ourselves, rather than allowing for a standard that exists, in and of itself, outside of us.
For this reason our definitions of all things are watered-down.
We declare things to be acceptable, good, or right that by the external standard of God’s character, are not. We do all of this to assuage our broken consciences.
“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! 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! 22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, and valiant men in mixing strong drink, 23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe, and deprive the innocent of his right! 24 Therefore, as the tongue of fire devours the stubble, and as dry grass sinks down in the flame, so their root will be as rottenness, and their blossom go up like dust; for they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, and have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” – Isaiah 5:20-24
Read that passage again and you’ll be thoroughly familiar with the mindset of the days in which we live. Our society is drunk with its own imagined importance. At the same time (the other side of that coin) it is oblivious to the transcendent holiness of the Creator.
Society has determinedly set out in that direction and is already at freeway speed. If it were a train, it would be a runaway train, seemingly impossible to stop. And I think we can rightly call it the “crazy train.”
Here’s why I say that…
The standard operating procedure of the day is to justify what we deem to be good or fair or compassionate and ignore even the blatantly obvious truths of nature, such as binary gender identity. THAT, for example, is a biological fact that can only be explained away through emotional psychobabble gymnastics that defy logic of any kind.
Yet, the song of inclusion is the Top 40 hit of the age, boisterously sung from the oval office to the board room, from the classroom to the bedroom.
No wonder Isaiah 5 falls on deaf ears. We can’t hear reality, even though it broadcasts incessantly through nature with the volume dial set to “11”. Our world cannot recognize its sinfulness and need for immediate repentance, because of this self-delusion.
Without divine intervention on a massive revivalistic scale, there is no hope for change.
As my brother once said in a different context, “You can’t reason with crazy.” And my friends, make no mistake about it, we ARE on the crazy train.
Jesus, by Your mercy and according to Your abundant grace, pour out the convicting power of Your Holy Spirit on this world. Expose the delusions. Spoil the many fantasies that enamour the people of our world.
Break the grip of all spiritual forces working against Your holy purpose and banish them to the abyss.
Set Yourself before the people You’ve created as their glorious, majestic, and merciful King. Powerfully call all of humanity to repentance.
If the history of Your people is any indication of what is still true of the human heart, I suspect a great judgment is required to break the delusional spell of self-importance. so, do what needs to be done, Jesus. Rule as King over Your creation… in rightousness, in justice, and in glory-filled wonder that draws all people to You.
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