9-9-20 Midweek Musings

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.  –  Romans 3:19-20

When we read this terrible description of the human race as God sees it, it is almost impossible for us to believe that God is not going to say, Enough! Wipe them out! If all he sees is wretchedness, misery, evil, deceit, hypocrisy, vulgarity, profanity, slander, and all these evil things that are in every heart — every one without exception — our natural instinct is to say, “Then God doesn’t want us”.

The amazing thing is that in addition to this verse, God says that He “so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  God did not send the Law to destroy us (and this is very important); he sent the Law to keep us from false hope.

The worst thing that can happen is to be going down a road to an important destination and think we are on the right track and spend all the time necessary to get there only to discover that the road peters out into nothingness. We find we have been on the wrong track and it is too late to go back. That was what was happening. So God, in his loving kindness, has given us the Law to keep us from taking a false path. Though the Law condemns us, it is that very condemnation that makes us willing to listen, so that we find the right path.

Paul says the Law does three things to us: First, it stops our mouth: We have nothing to say. We can always tell someone is close to becoming a Christian when they shut up and stop arguing back. Self-righteous people are always saying, “But — but this — but I — yes, but I do this — and I do that”. They are always arguing. But when they see the true meaning of the Law, their mouth is shut.

Second, Paul says, the whole world is held accountable to God. That makes us realize there is no easy way, no way by which death suddenly is going to dissolve all things into everlasting darkness, forever forgotten. The whole world has to stand before God. Hebrews puts it so starkly, It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment (Hebrews 9:27 KJV).

Finally, the Law reveals very clearly what sin is. What does the Law want of us? Jesus said that all the Law is summed up in one word: Love. All the Law asks us to do is to act in love. All these things the Law states are simply loving ways of acting. When we face ourselves before the Law, we have to confess that many, many times we fail in love. That is what the Law wants us to see, because, then, when all else fails, we are ready to listen to what follows.

God loved us enough to shut up all other ways — to block them out and tell us they are wrong and they do not lead anywhere — so that we give up trying to make ourselves good enough to belong to Him. He gave us the only way that has ever been provided, a righteousness that is given to us, that we never earned, but which is ours because we believe and trust in the Lord Jesus.

*https://www.raystedman.org/daily-devotions/romans-1to8/total-wipeout

12 thoughts on “9-9-20 Midweek Musings

  1. This is one of the reasons that I believe that monuments of the 10 Commandments are entirely appropriate in public, and are in no way prohibited by the First Amendment, which in fact springs FROM these commandments. In fact, any monuments to law – human or otherwise – from which our Republic springs through either history or inspiration, are intrinsically appropriate as reminders that LAW is a GIFT and a FOUNDATION of our way of life.

    LAWLESS BOLSHEVIKS and SATANISTS want such monuments gone FOR A REASON!

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  2. Bakocarl
    Thanks so much for this lead today. Made me do some deep thinking.
    Yep, I was one of those people who believe they’re on the right path to the right destination: in my case, recovery from years of too much stress, then fighting PTSD, then dealing with financial matters and family issues as a new widow. I was doing all the things the doctors and therapists advised. They all agreed that I was on track. I thought I was too.
    Then last Thursday happened when I blacked out from the heat here and got a concussion from falling.
    First, I firmly believe the Almighty, in His mercy, arranged for the handyman on the property found me and called 911.
    Then in His mercy, he arranged it that there weren’t broken bones or a skull fracture. The headaches and bruises will heal and the staples in my head will come out.
    And now also by His mercy, this incident causes me to realize that it’s time for a Reset of my life. I realize that “I’m doing all the right things” can be swept away in seconds.
    At the moment I don’t know what shape this Reset will take. What I do know is that it must happen.

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    1. May your heart be held gently in the Good Shepherd’s arms as you search out your highest and best path for your journey. Christ before us. Christ behind us. Christ around us. Christ within us.

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    2. CV, the mercy of God, in that He allows events in our lives to awaken us to our error is truly a blessing.
      From people who are enslaved to substances, to people flying high in self-reliance, to those who simply know no better, we are told He will go out looking for His lost sheep, every last one…and He finds us…wherever we may be…However disillusioned, however rebellious, however confused or indifferent, He finds His own.

      I also believe your recent “incident” was indeed overseen by the good Lord, and in His mercy, you have been able to discern your need for a certain “Reset”. Many require an event or incident much more harsh than what you have experienced. Yet I believe He tailors such events to individual sheep of His. He knows us far better than we know ourselves.
      God bless you as you recover and pursue your Reset.

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      1. Piper567
        Agreed. There may have well been “hints” from the Almighty that I either ignored or didn’t attach much attention to. So it was time for a “push”.
        I know that the Reset cannot and will not be a “cosmetic” item. It must and will be organic in body-mind-spirit.

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        1. CV, I think your assessment is rather a confirmation that this was indeed a little gift from our great God.
          Remember, the first Sermons given by John the Baptist as well as Jesus were ab repentance…Which means, a turning away. This is what His messages convey to us…As you put it: time for a bit of a Reset.

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  3. This comes to mind….

    The Law of the Lord is Perfect – Psalm 19

    1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

    2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

    3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

    4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

    5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

    6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

    7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

    8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

    9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

    10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

    11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

    12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

    13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

    14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

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