I almost never watch the morning news shows, but they are on the overhead TVs when I go to the gym to exercise. Usually I ignore them, but for some reason today one caught my attention, and after watching segment after segment, story after story, when I left I felt so heavy hearted, I sat in my car and wept.
Come, Lord Jesus. Have mercy on this generation. May I be bold enough to speak the truth in love, to act in real love, and may I live as a light in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation. Lord, please have mercy!
Everywhere you look, we are reaping the whirlwind of the false wisdom that says to ‘follow your heart’ and be true to ‘your truth.’ If I follow my heart, it will surely lead to destruction. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” We are reaping the whirlwind of the original lie from all the way back in the Garden of Eden, “Did God actually say…..?” What a destructive thing it is to say we all have our own truth. When we say, “What’s true for you is great for you, but it’s not true for me,” ultimately, we have lost the meaning of the word, ‘truth.’ Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Him, HEAR HIM.
In the book of Judges, we are told that everyone did what was right in their own eyes. Y’all, this was not a good thing.
On days like today, when the weight of the world is heavy and the evil seems so pervasive and insidious, and when the world calls evil what is good and calls good what is evil, I think it is appropriate to weep and pray. Because in Christ alone is hope truly found. Jesus wept. He wept over sin and death. And Jesus did something about it. He is the only One who truly could. He is God With Us, our Redeemer and Priest and King. Jesus lived a sinless life, fulfilled the Law of God, died on the cross to atone for sinners who could never earn God’s favor because of their broken sinful lives, and He rose again, the proof of the perfection of His sacrifice on behalf of sinful people. Praise God that when I weep, there is hope.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith - more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire - may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” - 1 Peter 1:3-9