Monday, August 13, 2007

Not for the Faint of Heart

Why do we look toward man (who is not God but rather only made in His image) for help when the all powerful, sovereign God is our Father? With all the challenges life and humans bring I cannot help but wonder…why do we not trust in God more?

Being a believer is a very difficult and sometimes overwhelming thing. Not only do we have the devil prowling around like a lion ready to pounce, sin crouching at our door, and the flesh confining us we also have our loved ones, friends, and strangers alike challenging our very belief in the one true God and His Son Christ Jesus. It definitely takes a faithfully strong, persistent, steadfast person to hold their ground against satan, sin, the flesh, and those who mock and persecute believers. I think it is safe to say it is not for the faint of heart.

“At dawn the angels tried to make Lot hurry. ‘Quick!’ they said. ‘Take your wife and your two daughters and get out, so that you will not lose your lives when the city is destroyed.’ Lot hesitated. The Lord, however, had pity on him; so the men took him, his wife, and his two daughters by the hand and led them out of the city. Then one of the angels said, ‘Run for your lives! Don’t look back and don’t stop in the valley. Run to the hills, so that you won’t be killed.’ (Genesis 19:15-17.)

“The sun was rising when Lot reached Zoar. Suddenly the Lord rained burning sulfur on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and destroyed them and the whole valley, along with all the people there and everything that grew on the land. But Lot’s wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt.” (Genesis 19:23-26.)

But oh, what happens to those who, like Lot’s wife, do not believe? What comes of the people who turn away from salvation and yearn to be with the darkness in a horrible, unspeakable place like Sodom and Gomorrah that is so unclean and perverted that God destroys it with fire?

“Locusts came down out of the smoke upon the earth, and they were given the same kind of power that scorpions have. They were told not to harm the grass or the trees or any other plant; they could harm only the people who did not have the mark of God’s seal on their foreheads. The locusts were not allowed to kill these people, but only to torture them for five months. The pain caused by the torture is like the pain caused by a scorpion’s sting. During those five months they will seek death, but will not find it; they will want to die, but death will flee from them.” (Revelation 9:3-6.)

“For even though you know all this, I want to remind you of how the Lord once rescued the people of Israel from Egypt, but afterward destroyed those who did not believe. Remember the angels who did not stay within the limits of their proper authority, but abandoned their own dwelling place: they are bound with eternal chains in the darkness below, where God is keeping them for that great Day on which they will be condemned. Remember Sodom and Gomorrah, and the nearby town, whose people acted as those angels did and indulged in sexual immorality and perversion: they suffer the punishment of eternal fire as a plain warning to all.” (Jude 1:5-7.)

“Happy are those who reject the advice of evil men, who do not follow the example of sinners or join those who have no use for God. Instead, they find joy in obeying the Law of the Lord, and they study it day and night. They are like trees that grow beside a stream, that bear fruit at the right time, and whose leaves do not dry up. They succeed in everything they do. But evil men are not like this at all; they are like straw that the wind blows away. Sinners will be condemned by God and kept apart from God’s own people. The righteous are guided and protected by the Lord, but the evil are on the way to their doom.” (Psalms 1:1-6.)
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