Monday, October 24, 2022

I Find (Y)Our Lack of Faith Disturbing

It takes a stunning hard-heartedness toward the Lord Jesus to have the option to be singing His praise and hearing His Word in the fellowship of the saints and choose instead games and frivolity or amusements. 

Yes, there is such a thing as physically or mentally needing more rest (sometimes due to failure to get it in a timely manner because other time was filled with too much frivolity and amusement), etc. But don't let the point die the death of a thousand qualifications. I'm not here thinking about tallying up actions, following rules, etc. 

I'm just thinking about priority of preference.

To put it crassly, I'm thinking about the heart that has had "just about enough of Jesus" for today and wishes to get back to what it actually enjoys. How can those who feel this way, and indulge such preferences without a hint of grief of conscience, even think they are spiritually alive? Undoubtedly, heaven would be a hell to them.

Lord, have mercy on such sinners who could be brought to faith in you and exhibit so little spiritual life, purpose, or joy as to make us wonder whether we know You or belong to You at all. 

And if it is the case that we don't, have mercy upon such sinners and bring us into that life and faith that will make us look back on our "merely churchy" days as days of death and darkness before You gave us the dawn of life!

Of the Rock who begot you, you are unmindful,
And have forgotten the God who fathered you.
“And when the LORD saw it, He spurned them,
Because of the provocation of His sons and His daughters.
And He said: ‘I will hide My face from them,
I will see what their end will be,
For they are a perverse generation,
Children in whom is no faith.’”
Dt 32:18–20.

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