January 20, 2013


Proverbs 28:4-5 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked,
but those who keep the law resist them.
Evil men do not understand justice,
but those who seek the LORD understand it fully.

It is interesting to read something written about 2500 years ago and find a description of the world today! The first half of this is obviously talking about the Bible. (The NIV says “law” and the Japanese says “teaching.”) It is amazing how many wicked people, in politics, entertainment, or whatever, get praised today, sometimes extravagantly. It doesn’t take much thought and analysis to realize that those who do such praising have no interest in upholding the Bible as the standard for life and behavior. The problem today is that those who do acknowledge the Bible have been passive, allowing those who discard it to hijack the culture, but recent events have been extreme enough that there are signs some are waking up. The second half of this applies directly to government. Any government needs to be founded on justice, or it won’t stand long. However, when national leadership is dominated by evil people, they don’t even understand what justice is. When America’s “Justice Department” is actively involved in breaking and flaunting the laws they are charged with upholding (to give just one example) it’s no wonder the nation is in deep trouble. The answer to all of this is found in the last part of the passage: seeking the Lord. Those who are evil won’t do it, but those who haven’t sold out completely need to get on their faces before the Lord. Probably the largest group in America are people who are at least nominal Christians, but who have been passive and lukewarm to this point. Those with an active relationship with the Lord need to pray to burn brightly so that those around them may catch fire as well, until there is a mighty blaze of the Holy Spirit across the land, burning out the filth and rot of all sorts. That’s what this passage is talking about.

Even as I am upset and disgusted at so much that I see and hear, I need to examine myself to see how closely I follow the Lord, how earnestly I seek Him. If my own repentance is not up to date, I will not be effective in calling others to repentance, even if I am simply doing it in prayer. James said that “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective,” (James 5:16) but I must be firmly abiding in Christ for that to apply to me. Rather than running around pointing fingers, I need to be on my own face before the Lord, allowing the Holy Spirit to point out and burn out of me anything that is not in submission and pleasing to the Father, so that I in turn may be His instrument for His name to be hallowed, His kingdom come, and His will to be done.

Father, I keep being reminded of the time You told me so clearly that there is much You are not happy about in the world today. Help me not to be part of that! May I be fully submitted and obedient to You so that I may see people and things through Your eyes, to be Your agent of of grace, speaking Your truth in love, so that Your will my be done in and through me for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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