3Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph and exult? 4They pour out arrogant words, speaking hard things; all the evildoers boast loftily.(A) 5They crush Your people, O Lord, and afflict Your heritage. 6They slay the widow and the transient stranger and murder the unprotected orphan. 7Yet they say, The Lord does not see, neither does the God of Jacob notice it. 8Consider and understand, you stupid ones among the people! And you [self-confident] fools, when will you become wise? 9He Who planted the ear, shall He not hear? He Who formed the eye, shall He not see? 10He Who disciplines and instructs the nations, shall He not punish, He Who teaches man knowledge?
The other day I was watching a documentary on TV about the ways cops operate in various country. It is pretty interesting that in one state in US, they will put up real life looking posters of cops holding a speed detector and of police cars. Instantly, people slow down when they see the posters. It makes you realise one thing - people do know how to differentiate what is lawful and unlawful, yet they do it because they know that
they can get away from it. Somehow, freedom has given us the license to do wrong.
How many children would misbehave in front of their parents, knowing that the parents will not hesitate to discipline them? But, in the absence of the parents, it may be a totally different story. Like the old saying, "When the cat is away, the mice will play."
I believe the main reason most people is able to violate their conscience is because they do not realise that God is not blind nor is He deaf. The book of 2 Peter 3:3-4 (Amplified Bible) says, " 3To begin with, you must know and understand this, that scoffers (mockers) will come in the last days with scoffing, [people who] walk after their own fleshly desires 4And say, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the forefathers
fell asleep, all things have continued exactly as they did from the beginning of creation." We forget that God is a just God - He will punish sin and unrighteousness yet He is also a merciful God - He will not give us the punishment we deserve if we repent.
It is a sobering truth if we realise that God has not changed His mind about sin and He never will. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The same sin that put Jesus on the cross is still called 'sin'. The reason Jesus died is because sin is still sin. The reason that Jesus is returning as judge is because sin is still sin.
Let us pay heed to the exhortation in the book of Revelations 22:11-12, "11He who is unrighteous (unjust, wicked), let him be unrighteous still; and he who is filthy (vile, impure), let him be filthy still; and he who is righteous (just, upright, in right standing with God), let him do right still; and he who is holy, let him be holy still.(D) 12Behold, I am coming soon, and I shall bring My wages and rewards with Me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit.(E)"
The day of the Lord is coming as a thief in the night. The tsunami is a sober warning that we cannot foresee what will happen tomorrow. To the 250,000 and more who died, they have never experienced a tsunami in their whole entire life. In the days of Noah, no one has ever experienced a flood. They probably thought Noah was joking. The flood came to them as a thief in the night to many who perished in the flood. But it did not come to Noah as a thief in the night. Noah was ready for the flood.
Let us be ready for the day of the Lord whether it happens today, tomorrow or the next year or the next millenium or the next century. Let us be ready.
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