God Keeps Warning The Sinful
May 2, 2014
The Lord has given us His Word. In it we find instruction, comfort, guidance, strength, and warning. If we choose not to read it, study it, meditate on it, and listen to the Spirit within it, then we have zero reason to be angry when God withdraws from us His hand of protection. We have zero excuse when He withdraws His presence, His favor, and His voice. We have zero justification for being upset at God or His messengers, but instead have reason to blame only our own foolish and rebellious selves.
God is an incredibly patient God. (2 Peter 3:9) Again and again, because of His great compassion, He sends rebels His Word, His love, and His warnings. (2 Chron. 36:15) But do they heed? Most do not. Most mock and scoff (v. 16) or ignore the exhortations altogether. Becoming more and more unfaithful to God’s holy laws as they follow the ways of the world (v. 14), even those who were once God’s people give themselves over to defilement (same verse) and reap God’s wrath. (1 Cor. 3:16,17) Many preachers themselves –yes, those who merely pretend to proclaim what God’s Word says– refuse to expose the sins of those entrusted to them in order to ward off their captivity! (Lam. 2:14) Relishing and feeding off the sins of their flock (Ho. 4:8) by teaching that vile doctrine of “freedom to sin”, they blaspheme God’s grace that enables true purity. (2 Peter 2:17-19) “Therefore God’s own people go into exile for lack of understanding.” (Isa. 5:13) “So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when they are punished, says the LORD.” (Jer. 8:12)
God’s Word, Spirit, and messengers “warned you when you felt secure, but you said, ‘I will not listen!’ This has been your way from your youth; you have not obeyed Wisdom. Therefore the wind will drive you away and your allies will be crushed and go into exile. Then you will be ashamed and disgraced because of all your wickedness. You who live in rich houses, you who build your castles through corruption, how you will groan with pain!” (See Jer. 22:13,20-23) “You will spit out the riches you have swallowed [see Job 20:15], in the midst of your plenty, distress will overtake you [see v. 22], and the heavens will expose your guilt to the earth.” (See v. 27) Go on, continue your mocking, but you will be left humiliated amid your calamity. (Pr. 1:24-27) For the waywardness and complacency of fools is their own destruction. (v. 32,33)
“I love God; I love Jesus.” This, many say. But they do not, for they disobey the Lord. (John 14:15 // Rom. 8:9)