“In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” (Gen. 3:19)
Adam died because of sin, the sin he committed was passed on to all who have been born. Sin is the reason we die, why the flesh deteriorates, why the grave awaits all.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)
“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” (1st John 5:19)
Those who believe things are going to get better on this planet are wrong, those who say, “Build Back Better,” who believe it will all work out, are wrong. Because of sin our bodies as they grow older deteriorate, because of the curse, trees die, flowers wither, because of evil violence rampages. This is by the will of God. Heaven is by the will of God. Hell exists by the will of God.
No matter how disparaging, no matter how bad it seems, no matter what, this planet’s course has been set by the Almighty.
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Rev. 4:11)
If you can look at your television screen, computer monitors and cell phones and see, no matter what you see, and say “God is in control,” then you have a peace that passes all understanding.
“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” (Matt. 24:6)
Peace in your heart.
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,” (2nd Tim. 3:2)
God is in control. He always has been, He always will be.
A lot of people in the near future are going to be questioning the Almighty, many already are. “How can a God of love….” Is the standard saying. “If God exists, why does He allow….” Will be another. That is because they do not like the truth of our opening verse, they know full well that death will arrive for them one day, and they do not care about heaven anymore than they believe in hell.
My friends, we live in a continuing world of the words of the Almighty to Moses that day. “And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:” (Exo. 32:7)
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:18)
You will see on your screens people praying to God soon, but not for His will to be done. You will hear your pastor speak of the evil of these days, and asking for protection, but not for the strength to stand. And, when the newest event, the latest “breaking news” account begins to subside, so will their supposed momentary faith.
“I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;” (Prov. 1:26)
“When I need you to calm my fears, when there is a chance I might die, then I will call upon you.” But before and after that time they give no praise to His name, no thanks for His provisions, no gratitude for the sacrifice, the price paid for them.
Sin is like a disease, if left unchecked it eats away at the soul, unrepented of sin does not cause the wrath of God to fall upon the wicked, His wrath is already upon them. They just need a breaking news event to put, as they like to say, the fear of God in them, to remind them that they are dust. But as soon as the coast is clear, they once again begin to corrupt themselves.
Man without humility before the Living God is nothing less than a brute beast, fit for destruction, and when the destruction begins, those who call on Him to protect their flesh, to prolong their days, will not be heard.
Use the excuse of the thief on the cross if you so desire, if it makes you feel better, but it will not change the facts, the truth of the Scriptures. “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matt. 7:14)
You are either all in, or you are out. Those who call on the Almighty only for the sake of the continuation of their lives here, will not be heard.