Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Let not your heart be troubled...

Daily, the evidence of evil is everywhere we look and in much of what we hear. Except we keep the eyes of our hearts fixed on Jesus Christ it is easy to see the evil and more difficult to see the coming of Christ which is being heralded by worsening conditions in this world. The Bible describes those who "...sigh and cry..." over just such things. Here is the entire text [Ezekiel 9:3]: "And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof."
Put in context, the Lord is speaking to "...the man clothed in white linen (who) had a writer's inkhorn at his side." [Ezekiel 9:3]. These verses illustrate judgment; both of Israel and of God's endtime people.
At issue both then and now are the hearts of the Remnant people which will be found in one of only two places: Either in the Lord or in the world. No one can escape the obligation of decision. It is the same today as when Joshua challenged Israel just before crossing into the Promised Land: "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." [Joshua 24:15].
The lesson is very simple, actually. Joshua is a type of Christ who is leading His people to an eternal rest in the Promised Land. Jesus is saying through Joshua, '...if you like the world more than Me then go back and stay with the world. But if you love Me more than the world...then follow me'.
While it is called "today" choose the Lord; His walk, His will, His way.
Blessings. e.c.

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