Saturday, 11 April 2009

"To give light to those who sit in darkness and who dwell in the shadow of death"

How telling are the words of the Lord when He described the utter foolishness of idolatry. We read in Jerimiah 10:5, "Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber patch, and they cannot speak; they have to be carried because they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them because they cannot do evil, neither is it possible for them to do good!" I couldnt help but be astonished when a young, well dressed Thai woman, paused when passing this shrine, bowed her head and placed her hands together in prayer. Thailand is filled with the lifeless images of men long dead. Cold, tarnished brass that is stained with the manure of sparrows cannot save a man in the hour of his distress...neither can it fight for him when the enemy of his soul wishes to consume him, nor feed or heal him when he is sick or hungry.  I am no different than that young Thai woman and were it not for the grace of God, I would be enslaved to the same fear and binding superstitions as her. 
     The Lord tells us in Romans 1:19-21, "For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it known to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly understood, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened."  This is the spiritual darkness of which the scripture speaks, "those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has the light shined!" The light they saw was God who came in the flesh. A very living and powerful God who did not need to be carried, neither was He deaf, nor did He stand watch over a cucumber patch because that was all He was fit for. This God was the creator of light, the one who spoke out of darkness and said, "Let their be light!, and there was".  A loving God who said to those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, "Come unto Me all of you who are weak and heavy laden, and I will give rest to your souls, for My burden is easy and My yoke is not wearisome." A mighty God who swears, "And I will save them to the uttermost!"
     Long ago King Solomon said, "He is a wise man that wins souls". We all toil and labor to win money, possessions, security and happiness...but what was the conclusion of the wisest, richest and most elevated man who ever lived? That the one who labors to obtain this prize...they will be called wise. "Labor not for those things which perish" is the Lords council in all generations. May we all be better stewards of the time and spiritual gifts that God has given to us!
Happy Easter everyone, rejoice! Our God lives!
In His Majesty's Service,
Mark

2 comments:

  1. Hi Mark,

    You presented some food for thought.

    Best,
    Michael

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  2. I guess it can be said that we are all just as unsaved before God makes us alive, but the cords and entanglements can be lesser and greater depending on ones sin. But Jesus said, "To whom much is forgiven....they also love much". When a person becomes born again here, the persecution and difficulties finding good fellowship and sound teaching can be daunting, but at the same time purifying. For that reason, there are very few lukewarm christians. The cost is simply too high and the temptations too frequent. This is what it must have been like when a person was saved in ancient Greece with all of its idolatry and vice.

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