Wednesday, July 6, 2022
The Enormity of the Truth
The Enormity of the Truth
by David Brenneman
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away." Matthew 24:35 NASB
It might sound like an interesting thing to say, but, I really like picking up at chapter 32 of Job. What is interesting to note is Elihu was the youngest in the presence of Job and indeed waited his turn to speak but that's not what I found interesting. He was the only one whom Jesus didn't rebuke. In fact as you read on from thesw chapters Jesus picks up immediately after Elihu says what he does to Job and his friends. Jump towards the end of the book and you will see Elihu was never told that he was out of line or spoke wrong in anything he said like the other 3 were.
To read the other 3 men speak often reminds me of Proverbs 17:28 NASB "Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.". They didn't and ended up proving the wisdom of Solomon.
By no means do I remotely consider myself wise. It is no secret that I have stated that I am not good enough on my own to write the things that you read here each day. As I sit here and watch what comes to mind it astounds me.
People who's bodies lie in wait for the voice of God, to return to their spirit, their soul, all both small and great, believing and the unbelieving alike, all know the profound truth of Matthew 24:35.
Not a single individual who has left this life, who has passed from life to death, is able to rebuke God for keeping His Word to the letter. Creation has no right to demand anything of their Creator. Those in Hell, raging with clenched teeth (that is what a "gnashing of teeth" means) have no defense against the knowledge of the truth of God’s Word concerning sin, concerning death, concerning their rejection of Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.
Then there's those there in Hell who are those who weep. They weep because their supposed peaceful worldview condemned them to Hell because they too turned away from the truth of God’s Word.
In your here, in this now, you, my Dear Reader, have all the power in the world to ask of God to show you the truth.
You have the power and ability to ask of God who gives wisdom freely to all who ask. Wisdom isn't the same as knowledge. Wisdom is more linked to understanding. You can ask Him to make it so that you understand what it is He’s trying to tell you about Himself, about sin, about what you really need in this life before you die.
Jesus isn't beating on the door of your heart, He gently knocks. He isn't pounding on your heart, He’s pleading with you to just open up and allow Him the chance to save you.
So many people, in so many ways, think they can dictate to Jesus on how He’s allowed to save them! They are in dire straights and will attempt to put conditions on being saved. "If you do this God, I'll...". "Just save so-and-so and I'll...".
The truth is YOU come as YOU are.
If you were in icy waters, floundering, getting tired because of the cold, would you really argue for a better way to be saved rather than to accept what's offered to get you to safety? My Friend, if you are yet undecided concerning salvation in Christ Jesus, you're in that icy water. The longer you stay outside of salvation in Jesus Christ, the more you grow numb to His cry to you to take His hand and be drawn out of the death that awaits you.
You may consider such thoughts foolishness. I can guarantee you that all who have died before you, both the Believers and the Unbelieving, at some point, thought that the Word of God was foolishness. Our sin nature wants to do its own thing. Wants to be in charge of our lives. Says that it doesn't need Jesus to live this life. Says that there is no God but ourselves.
Some think that. But those people are still alive and breathing. Again there are none who have died who have any doubts as to the truth of God.
If you aren't decided yet. If deciding is a life or death decision in your culture. If choosing means losing your entire family and all your friends. My suggestion is to still choose Jesus. Your family and friends also will stand by themselves before God some day. They may indeed leave you and forsake you. Jesus cannot and will not. Once He does become your Savior and Lord, He becomes your friend and defender. He becomes your provider. He becomes more than you can possibly imagine today. You may indeed risk your physical life by coming to Christ for salvation. But realize that in that risk there is a promise that should anything indeed happen to you, you WILL be opening your eyes in Heaven to see your Savior.
This world is not heading towards a utopia. We aren't going to save the planet. We aren't going to usher in a golden age. We aren't going to do away with poverty, with health issues. We aren't going to do away with violence in all its forms. The god of this world, Satan is at odds with the one true God of Heaven.
Jesus asked me the same question that He asks you. What would it profit you to gain the whole world and yet lose your soul? What could you possibly give the Creator of everything you see, hear, and can touch in exchange for your soul?
Jesus paid it all. Jesus did what no human being could do in order to satisfy the penalty for sin.
You who read these things that I post...the God of Heaven, the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit of God, loves you. Jesus is in the only lifeboat that matters with an outstretched arm to you, is asking for you to trust Him.
Romans 10 makes it all clear for all: "But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
The reality of life is that when you die you no longer have the choice to be saved. You either choose in the here and now before you breathe your last or you don't.
Not one word of Jesus will ever be unfulfilled. Not one person can tell Him that it will be any other way.
Oh the rage and the weeping that fuels Hell. Please my Dear Reader don't add yours to what's happening there.