Saturday, April 14, 2012

Destroyed Forever!

 5O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.
 6A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
 7When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever: 

 Destroyed Forever!

Psalm 91 continues with a contrast between the righteous and the wicked, reminding us that even the wicked, being destroyed forever, brings glory to God. That is hard for us to understand, however, we can relate the state of wicked when we think of our own court systems. We can hardly declare that justice has been served when a known murderer is cleared by the courts and walks free. Indeed, in such cases, no justice has been served to the victim or  the friends and family of the deceased.

As Christians we are often amazed at how blind are the lost. We look at the world in which we live and read the declarations of God in the Bible and can come to no other conclusion but to proclaim how great are the works of God and how deep are His thoughts. Yet the wicked live in this same world, and even upon reading the Word of God, do not comprehend the greatness of God, or understand His thoughts. They are more prone to charge God foolishly for not doing what they perceive a God of love should be doing.

Indeed, we must be careful that we do not enter into their camp when we do not understand why God does not intervene in certain cases such as when a child dies. It is true, we have all experienced situations where, though we have sought and sought for the help of God, He seems to have turned a deaf ear upon our cries. How are we to understand such things?

The answer really is quite simple. Not meaning to be trite, we much acknowledge that God is God and we are not. We are prejudiced by our own little world and the circumstances we see. God, however, views everything from a timeless perspective. How could God possibly be glorified by the death of a child? I do not know, but I know that He is. 

You see, our difficulty is that we put the blame in the wrong place. Children die because death entered our world through the fall of Adam and Eve. Since that time, Satan has been busy leading men away from God. Why is it that we never put the blame of the death of a child upon Satan? We should, you know! 

Again, for reasons not known to us, God does not save everyone. Is God at fault then, when men do not come to the knowledge of Christ and accept Him as their Redeemer? No! Would God be at fault if all men were lost and sent to their eternal destruction? No! God, in His own wisdom has determined to save a people for Himself. All glory and praise for the salvation He offers belongs to Him. All of us, left to our own devices, would not choose Christ.

Yet God, in His great love and mercy, has reached down and opened the eyes of His children that they might see Christ, and Him crucified. They see their great sin, as well as the awful death Christ suffered on their behalf. 

Christ, however, was not held in the bonds of death forever, for three days later He arose from the dead. He walked on this earth for a few days longer, revealing Himself to His disciples and giving them instructions for their futures. Then, while His disciples gazed upon Him, He ascended into Heaven, and now sits at the right hand of God the Father interceding for us.

How can we not be rejoicing to the very depths of our souls when we comprehend how much He loves us, and what great things He suffered on our behalf, that we may not be, like the wicked, destroyed forever.

In all things, both in His overwhelming love for His children, as well as the destruction of the wicked, Jesus Christ is to be praised forever and ever!

What an amazing God we serve!

God Bless You,
Linda

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