By: Tim Irving – Evangelism Team.
Respect, a thing that is sorely lacking in the world today. There is a lack of respect for individuals, political leaders, the environment, personal property, personal opinions, but worst of all, is the lack of respect for God! Too many people have lost the awe, the reverence, the fear of the Lord. The Psalmist writes, “The fool says in his heart there is no God,” and Proverbs 9:10 counters with, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Take a look about you. Do you see more fools or wise men running around? When Isaiah was commissioned for his prophetic work, seeing the glory of God he humbly stated, “Woe is me, for I am undone. I am a man of unclean lips.” He quickly recognized his sinful nature before the magnificence of the Holy Creator of all things. Sadly, most people would rather revel in their sinful nature than repent of it! The saddest thing I’ve heard people say is, “It’s okay, when I get to hell all my friends will be there.” God is comprehensible. His glory unimaginable to finite minds. He is loving, kind, forgiving, compassionate, and giving, but He is also holy and just, and as His rewards for obedience are marvelous, His rewards for disobedience are not! It is hard to explain Godly things to those enamored by worldly things, but we need to try. Time may or may not be short till the Lord returns, but regardless, we need to be wise, walking closely and in the fear of the Lord, and to share Him with a disrespectful, foolish world. Not an enviable task, just ask Isaiah, but like Isaiah, we should say, “Here am I, send me!”