Sin and Judgment; August 28, 2019


Psalm 94:8-9 Take heed, you senseless ones among the people;
you fools, when will you become wise?
Does he who implanted the ear not hear?
Does he who formed the eye not see?

There were several verses in this Psalm that spoke to me just now, but I think I’ll focus on these two. We see people all around us who certainly need this said to them! I am constantly amazed at the many reports of crimes, often very horrible ones. Human stupidity and hubris is such that people honestly seem to think they will get away with that stuff! I am reminded of an incident in the American Southwest where a sadistic murderer initially escaped into the desert, but when he was tracked down, he had already died of dehydration and exposure. The sheriff wrote on the report, “Remanded to a higher court.” Like that sheriff, we need to remember that nobody ever “gets away with” anything at all. The thing is, that doesn’t just apply to those we call criminals, it applies to us, too. We are all equally guilty of ignoring God and going our own way. As Isaiah said, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.” (Isaiah 53:6) That’s why the atoning work of Christ on the cross is absolutely essential to every human being. As Paul said, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24) When we become fools, as this passage is talking about, is when we fail to acknowledge our need for the cross. God hears every hurtful word we speak, He sees every devious or rebellious thing we do, just as the Psalmist says. That’s why every one of us needs to walk in humility, allowing the Holy Spirit to point out each thing of which we need to repent, and when He does so, repenting immediately. Putting it off won’t help anyone or anything, least of all us.

This certainly applies to me as much as it does to anyone else. I have known since childhood that God was omniscient, but that hasn’t kept me from sinning countless times, all too often deliberately. That really qualifies as foolish! I do know that there is a difference between sins and honest mistakes. The devil loves to blur that line, making us feel guilty for mistakes and telling us to take our sins lightly. He also loves to dump blanket condemnation on us, whereas the Holy Spirit is very specific as to how we need to repent. I’ve learned that, from the Bible and from my own experience, but as a pastor I constantly deal with people who haven’t grasped it yet. I know from experience that when the devil can get us to dwell on sins we have already committed, we are far more likely to commit them again. When we confess our sins to God in all honesty, repenting of them, then God indeed wipes them out and we can start afresh. (1 John 1:9) I try to help people grasp this marvelous truth, but the devil tells them it’s too good to be true, and they get mired in his traps. I am to keep speaking the truth in love, never holding back, so that people may gain the fear and love of God that will truly make them wise. (Proverbs 9:19)

Father, help me walk in this fully myself, even as I seek to lead others in it, so that the lies of the devil may be defeated and we all walk in Your light as Your children 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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