June 4, 2023
“Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord” (Proverbs 1:29).
I have decided to quit trying to make sense out of the world’s behavior. A fallen world is just senseless, and no matter how hard I try to make sense of it, the task is impossible. The problem is that the world refuses to recognize its Creator.
I realize that I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, the Spirit described a world that ignores its Creator. “For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (II Timothy 3:2-4). Sounds like this time and this generation; however, this has been true of every time and every generation.
Why does the Lord allow this to continue? He holds off on executing judgment as Peter wrote, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9).
Christians are to be lights in the darkness of a senseless world (Matthew 5:16). We are to tell people about God (I Peter 2:9). We are challenged to love unconditionally like our God (Matthew 5:43-48). We are called to show mercy, just as we have been shown mercy (Luke 6:36). Our mission is exactly the same as our Lord and Savior’s, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). Of course we don’t do the saving, but we actively tell people about Jesus. We are even to beg people to be reconciled to God (II Corinthians 5:20).
We are to call people out of a world that is senseless into a God-ruled world that makes sense. –
Ed Wittlif (Denver, CO)
Try as I might I too try to make sense of this world and simply am unable. This article from Ed helped put things into a better perspective for me. We don’t have to make sense of this world, our focus shouldn’t be on making sense of this world, our focus needs to be on God’s will and completing his mission, seeking the lost and helping them to find salvation through Christ. – Kevin