Reeling Under Its Guilt

September 11, 2013

Amos 3:6 asks, “When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?” We know from the rest of God’s Word that God has indeed caused it, either by His direct command of judgement, or by His indirect command of withholding protection from the calamity so that it prevails as a means of His judgement for sin. The calamity may come to an individual or a nation as a natural consequence of sin, or God may allow evil to be the tool He uses for judgement. If it comes to an individual, but not because God is judging him for some sin he did, God has brought or allowed the suffering so that the man might be trained for powerful exploits for the furtherance of the Gospel, for God’s glory, and for the man’s greater honor in eternity. But, whatever the direct cause, the Lord is sovereign over all catastrophes, whether they come as a result of nature, evil men, or from God’s own blow.

God hates sin. Sin is evil, loathsome, and cruel. It hurts and destroys others, and it defies God’s rule of justice and compassion. Yet the world goes on believing that sin is normal and that it is most of the time harmless. Careless about the fact that sin, by its very nature, grows as its lusts refuse to find satisfaction, the world just keeps laughing at sin, persecuting those who are determined to do what is right, and sneering at those who exhort others to turn and do good.

Yet God will not, and cannot, be mocked. (Gal. 6:7) Sooner or later, the sinners –the oppressors, the deceivers, the vile, and the mockers– will reap the destruction they have sown. (v. 7,8)

Is not the earth weighed down by its load of guilt? Is it not ripe for judgement? Everywhere we look we see distress. Our ears continually hear cries of anguish. Even the wicked stagger under loads of sorrow, though they rush on in their depravity, refusing to acknowledge the fact that it is because of their sin that misfortune pursues them. (Pr. 13:21)

It really is surprising that the Lord does not wipe out the inhabitants of the world as He did in Noah’s time and start over. But our God is compassionate. He finds no pleasure in bringing devastation to mankind. (Ezek. 18:32) He wants them to repent and live. (same verse) So He sends them His messengers; but, when they still refuse to heed those warnings, He brings judgements to teach people to fear Him. As Isa. 26:9 says, “When Your judgements [O LORD] come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.” But many do not, and instead “go on doing evil.” (v. 10)

Therefore, “The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that it falls –never to rise again.” (Isa. 24:20)

“See, the LORD is coming out of His dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins.” (Isa. 26:21)

If only the world would repent! If only the church would reform her actions, wash her guilt-stained heart by submitting to the Lord she claims to love and obey, and rise up and advance across the earth in the power and love of the Mighty King! Then Truth, instead of evil, would spread and reign. And then the Lord would relent from sending the devastation He has pronounced against the nations and their inhabitants. (Jer. 18:7,8 & 26:13)

with love,

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