Government corruption- it’s here to stay

There is a valuable gem in Ecclesiastes 3, if you read too fast, you will miss it. It says, “And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.”

To make it short, in the government, and in the lives of believers- there was sin.

Solomon’s observation isn’t a yin yang idea, it’s about the prevalence of sin in earthly life. In this life, we will never escape sin. It’s not up for debate, no matter how righteous you are, no matter how hard you strive for right living, you will fail. This extends to all areas of your life, and it’s not just limited to you.

Others will fail as well.

This isn’t something we like to ponder, but it’s something we can learn from. If we know that people are flawed just like us, we can expect them to make mistakes. Instead of hating them, or getting angry, we can practice patience- knowing we have just as many flaws.

This applies to people in authority as well. Solomon spoke of sin in the lives of the righteous, but also in places of judgment. The police, the judges, the politicians- all of these will have flaws. They will have sin. They will have wickedness.

Does this mean that we give up on our government and our personal lives? No. But neither do we become endlessly frustrated at the sight of sin. God requires our our patience and perseverance in order to conquer sin in our lives. He also calls us to pray for everyone in authority.

Sin is not acceptable, but knowing that it’s unavoidable can be a comfort to us when we fail. God expects our very best, and that means we never stop the fight against sin in our lives. But God also understands that we are incapable of sinlessness. If we come to Him in humility and repentance, He will never turn us away.

“For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” Psalms 103:14

 

Shouting for joy!

There is always a punishment for our mistakes. And since we are human, we will always be making mistakes. So in the end, we will spend our lives being punished over and over and over again. Or will we?

Psalm 32 says, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity . . .” Now, seeing that there is a man whose sin is covered and whose transgression is forgiven, there must be a way to become said person.

David says, “I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.” David was speaking of himself! When David laid all his sin on the table and hid nothing from God, and repented and asked for forgiveness, God forgave him, and covered his sin.

Another time in scripture, David was guilty of adultery and murder. Under the law, he was worthy of death. After David repented, God told Him through the prophet Nathan, “The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.” God made provision to cover the punishment of David’s sin.

God is gracious. He does not always punish us like we should be punished. Many times his forgiveness comes with overwhelming grace and we do not need to suffer the full punishment for our sin.

I challenge you, whatever you are guilty of, come boldly unto the throne of grace, so you can obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. God may chose to cover your sin, as he covered David’s, and even if he chooses not to, you can praise Him for his forgiveness and justice.

As David said, “Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.”

Let’s praise God He forgives us, and always gives us another chance!

 

What did God do wrong?

There is a common idea in the world that says something like, if we worship God, we’re doing Him a favor. Like it’s our “duty” but really we’re helping God out when we do something right. In reality, we’re doing ourselves a favor. And we’re doing the only reasonable thing.

In Jeremiah 2, God is pleading with the people of Israel to come back to Him. God desires revival for His people, and as He calls to them, He asks a question that can really make us think.

One question He asks is in verse 5. He asks, “Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?” What a thought! We will consider breaking it off with someone if they treat us wrongly. God asks those who have turned from Him, “What have I done wrong?” “What sin did I commit?”

God has never done anything amiss. He is eternally righteous and just. If you find that your life is being lived in a way that chases after vanity, realize that you have ceased to seek after God. It is a fundamental axiom of the universe that God is perfect. He does nothing wrong. He commits no sin or injustice. So the question asked in the scripture is obviously rhetorical.

God has given us life, provision, and the promise of an eternal relationship. Why would we turn from Him? What could bring us to turn from our fellowship with Him? Nothing but our own selfishness.

I challenge you, if you have turned from God in any way, go back to Him today. God calls after you just like He called to the Israelites. He is ready to receive you, if you will only turn to Him.

Won’t you turn to Him? After all, what evil has He done to you?

 

What’s besetting you?

Have you ever had difficulty in your spiritual life? When you went to fight the good fight of faith, you felt like something was weighing you down. Your struggle with sin was getting hard but above all, your fellowship with God seemed hindered. I would like to share one possible cause for such setbacks, and what we can do to overcome them.

Hebrews 12:1 challenges us, "Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us," The Christian life has often been compared to a race such as the Olympics. Olympians train tirelessly for their competition. Their one focus is the prize. On the day of the race, they wear light clothing and leave behind anything that would slow them down. As Christians, we are to do the same. We must spend our lives focused on living for Christ and remove anything that would slow us down.

So, is there something hindering you in your spiritual life? Is there a sin that is acting as a weight in your race? Just like that athlete removes anything from his person so he can fulfill his purpose, we must remove anything that hinders ours.

Psalm 66:18 says, "If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:" When we knowingly allow sin in our life we are breaking fellowship with God. I would like to challenge you. Don’t allow sin to keep you from having fellowship with your Creator and living a victorious life. Lay aside every weight, and any sin that besets you. Ask God to help you, I know He will.

"Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain." – Philippians 2:16