Enjoying the Journey

Have you watched the news lately? At times it seems that the whole world has gone crazy. Logic has disappeared and common sense is at an all-time low.

Some say it is a sign of the times, and, while I would agree, I would also say it is a sign of sin. There is a miserable insanity to sin. Sin at its core is a rejection of the God of all wisdom. When you reject the God of wisdom it naturally leads to foolishness. This is how Solomon could know so much and still do so much damage.

In short – sin is stupid.

Reject truth and you believe a lie. Turn from light and you open the door to darkness. We live in a world of increased education and incessant information, but there is a sore lack of wisdom and discernment. Only God gives that…and He only gives it as we follow His way.

The next time you get aggravated and annoyed by the dumb ideas and ignorant attitudes so prevalent in our culture remember this: they are espoused by eternal souls who desperately need God. Political explanations and moral reasonings will never change depraved hearts. The only answer to the complexities of our day is the simplicity of the gospel of Christ.

When Asaph confessed his sin to God he wrote, “So foolish was I, and ignorant…” (Psalm 73:22). We have all been there. We would still be there if it wasn’t for God’s mercy.

So much insanity! But even in the depths of sin and its effects there is hope in the Lord Jesus. There was a moment when the prodigal son, sitting in the hog pen, “came to himself” (Luke 15:17). Pray this for sinners who cross your path. Pray this for leaders who insist on plunging our nation deeper into rebellion. Pray this for those you love. Speak the truth to them in love and speak their name to God in prayer. Only the purity and clarity of the gospel can cut through the mess in our world.

Every sinner needs to know the One who said, “I am…the truth” (John 14:6).

7 Comments

  1. Douglas W Kirk on August 12, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    We NOT only reap what we sow, we reap when we fail to sow. If we refuse to sow the gospel and neglect to sow the truth we will reap a harvest of sin and heartache in our homes and nation.‬
    Scott Pauley

    ‪Pastor John Wilkerson says it this way, “Better to grow grass than to pull weeds
    I am 20 years older than you,and this hits me very hard

    • Scott Pauley on August 17, 2020 at 10:54 pm

      It has been sobering to me over the last few days at this juncture in my life. God bless you friend.

  2. Nicholas Holmstedt on August 12, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Bro Pauley,

    When I read this, my first thought was from Isaiah. The Bible says in Isaiah 59:14:

    “And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.”

    I recommend that in light of what you’ve written here, you (and your readers) read the entire chapter of Isaiah 59. In application, it describes the state of our nation and the judgement to come. Christians will also find themselves there, either in verse 16 or verse 21.

    Thank you for this article.

    Nick
    I Samuel 12:24
    Hebrews 12:1-3

    • Scott Pauley on August 17, 2020 at 10:56 pm

      A deeply convicting chapter. Thank you.

  3. DELBERT HAWLEY on August 12, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    Oh God, I intercede on behalf of America that you would bring us to our senses! Well said my Brother. Excellent Article

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