4Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.
5There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.
(Psalm 53:4-5, King James Version)
Despised by God!
I cannot think of more chilling words than, "Despised by God!" Sadly, those who are despised by God are those who are least aware of their state. Indeed, with the Psalmist, we must ask the question, "Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge?"
It is no secret that nonbelievers have no qualms about carelessly tossing words of criticism against the people of God. Even worse, Christians continue to be widely persecuted, even unto death, in many parts of our world today. The greatest sin, however, that these unbelievers commit is their sin against God: "They have not called upon God."
Yet God has written His Law upon the hearts of every man, woman, and child who has ever lived. God has given to each person a conscience, that they may understand what the animal kingdom cannot, the difference between right and wrong. They may choose to ignore their conscience, and their conscience can become so seared that it is no longer effective, but they stand before God without a viable excuse for their sin.
What is the result? They are despised by God, causing in them a great fear, where no fear needs to be! The true Christian puts the unbelievers to shame, for this life is but a fleeting breath in the realm of eternity. Sadly, the few years spent here will have a devastating affect for all eternity upon those who choose to ignore God, the Creator and Ruler of all the earth.
It is so important that Christians keep these things in mind as they traverse through this world that is truly foreign to them. The years of our trouble on this earth are really few in number compared to the eternity that stretches out before us.
It is also important that Christians remember their true calling. We have not been placed here to enjoy life to its fullest and heap great wealth and pleasures upon ourselves. We are here as servants of God to do the work that He has called us to do? No matter what our specific vocation may be, our heavenly calling must take priority, for God is God, and we are not!
Pray for the unbelievers around you, and ask for opportunities to share Christ with them. By God's grace may we not only look forward to eternity with our Lord and Savior, but may we also bring many others with us through our faithful walk with the Lord.
"Despised by God!" May that not be said of us!
God Bless You,