Who Do You Trust?
“ who alone has immorality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power” (1 Timothy 6:16, NKJV)
Recent events have more than ever given us reason to question the gift of free will to humanity. We are inclined to do what wrong and reject the desire to do that which is right. Augustine (354-430) in Confessions was possibly more enlightened than many of us when he said that ‘all men are depraved’ for having free will is enslaved by sin. News today tells us of the rapid increase of sin in our world. Educational institutions are no longer safe as an increase in school shootings occur, California passed a law that will teach children as young as kindergarten about sex and gender neutrality and abortion is being considered a choice without regard to the life of the child. The list goes on and on. Humanity has dismissed God as pure fantasy and as Louis Dupre wrote, “The sheer magnitude of evil in our age has witnessed in death camps, nuclear warfare and internecine tribal or racial conflicts has not raised the question how can God tolerate so much evil, but rather how more tangible reality of evil still allows the possibility of God’s existence” (Manning, 40).
The fact that evil is increasing is evident. It is not hidden from our sight. We are privileged that God still is among us. He alone is immortal and continues to exist even when we refuse to acknowledge His presence. He cannot deny Himself. People are excited to find new galaxies yet cannot fathom God who dwells in unapproachable light. The prophet Isaiah stated, “so truth fails, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey…” (59:15). Don’t grow weary…don’t become cold. Jesus stated, “And because lawlessness will abound the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures until the end shall be saved” (Matthew 24:12-13).
Life has changed and what is right is now wrong…as one person noted people are being drawn to become complacent and live without restrictions. No law, no penalty…sadly, even people who believe in God are growing cold. So today, consider…don’t become cold. Begin with those in your home, friends, acquaintances…speak what is true. Jesus said, ‘Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!” (Matthew 24:19). It is those days He spoke of…I worry about my children and grandchildren. Will they know truth? Or follow the masses? Will they know how precious their life is and how much they are loved not only by me but by a God who continues to dwell with us? Will they be taught to understand right from wrong?
May we have an uncompromising trust in God. Teach the next generation that He is ever present and loves us beyond what our human minds can understand. Most importantly teach them, don’t allow them to forget. Spend time in His word and He will sustain you and me through each and every situation we face. Guard what has been committed to your trust. ‘Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called…” (1 Timothy 6:12).
Beloved, life without the love of God has no meaning. I pray that He shows you His ways and teaches you His paths. May He who is rich in grace and mercy give you the courage to trust in Him. We are only here for a brief time. Darkness cannot last forever and His light cannot be contained. May you have the strength to endure and where sin increases, may His grace abound even more.