A Bittersweet Day
Read Psalm Chapter 94
Ps 94:14 For the LORD will not reject His people; He will never forsake His inheritance. 15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.
I have two completely different reactions to this passage. One reaction is, “I can hardly wait for the Lord to finally establish His authority and judgment on this world.” As soon as man began enacting his own laws, trouble began. God’s laws, from the very beginning, were 100% righteous. Over the years since Moses was given God’s laws, they have not changed. Grace has become the factor which has overcome the penalties for those who place their faith and trust in Christ, but His laws have not changed. They will be forever the same, forever righteous. But throughout the centuries, mankind has enacted new laws which have little or nothing to do with true righteousness.
In our world today, we see an even greater effort from mankind to turn away from God’s standards and toward establishing a different kind of “righteousness,” one which is born and nourished in the mind of sinful man. We don’t have to think long to find a list of examples. The one we SSA men and women are likely to think of first is the legalization of same-sex marriage. Man can “legalize” same-sex marriages as much as he wishes, but they will never be sanctioned by the one and only holy, righteous God. If it isn’t a marriage in His sight, then it isn’t a marriage. Actually, that is also true in regard to heterosexual “marriages.”
As we look about us today, we can become heartbroken by what we see and hear. Some days, I become deeply saddened, even to the point of depression, as I am constantly reminded of what great lengths man has gone to in an attempt to override God’s perfect set of laws. Just this week, I have seen another TV show introduce a gay teen-age boy, portraying him as completely normal part of society. It wasn’t one of my favorite shows anyway, so why do I care? I care because it is just one more attempt in society to normalize what is clearly wrong. Many impressionable young men and women will gain comfort by seeing that show. I wholeheartedly relish the thought that there is going to be a day when God overturns the unrighteous laws of mankind and re-establishes His perfect law.
On the other hand, I harbor a deep dread of that day. There are men and women I know and love who will not fare well on that day. When I think of their fate, their eternal destiny when God hands down His verdict, I am going to mourn. There are about twelve men I have mentored who are currently off track in regard to God’s pathway. His judgment (not mine), will find them guilty of willful disobedience. It breaks my heart to think about that. For that reason, I am once again reminded to lift them up in fervent prayer as often as possible. I feel certain that many of you also know people who fall into that category. None of us want to see our friends or some family members cast aside by our Lord.
La 3:48 Streams of tears flow from my eyes because my people are destroyed.
On that day, it will be a time of great rejoicing for the saints of God. But for a moment, it will also be a sad day. I cannot imagine that any of us will rejoice over the destruction of our friends. Maybe that is when God will wipe the tears away from our eyes.
Rev 7:17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their Shepherd; He will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Prayer: Father, even today, we are saddened as we think of our friends who have rejected Your truth. Once again we pray that You send Your Holy Spirit to convict them and turn them away from unrighteousness. Nevertheless, we eagerly anticipate the day when Your righteous judgment rules our evil world.