You might have read or heard about the story of the Florida woman last week who “gave the finger” to a judge when she didn’t like what he was saying.  While she later made a tearful, heartfelt apology, you still have to wonder what kind of person would do that.  In spite of her apology, she shifted blame for her behavior to the Xanax and alcohol that she had consumed before her court appearance.  This is par for the course these days in our culture as everyone does what is right in their own eyes. Proverbs 21:2-4 tells us:  “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts.  To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.  A haughty look, a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked are sin.”  This woman's behavior stepped way over the line of simple misjudgment.  The Xanax and alcohol just lowered the woman’s inhibitions so that what was really in her heart came out more easily. 

To do something like this, you would have to have an arrogant heart that keeps you from understanding right and wrong.  The Bible tells us in Genesis 6:3 that there is a limit to God’s willingness to strive with man, more likely because God, in His Infinite Wisdom, knows that, at a certain point, some people are just set in their sin and pride and will never turn no matter what happens.  This is what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah.  The people of those towns were so set in their wickedness, that God could look down the road in His ability to see the future, and He could see that they would only increase in their wickedness until death took them.  So, out of mercy to the rest of the population outside of these towns, people who weren’t so steeped in evil, God righteously destroyed these people.  Unfortunately, as we are in the last days, the number of such people committed to their sin and their pride seems to be increasing.  The Bible tells us that the last days will be like the days of Noah (Luke 17:26 and Mat. 24:37). 

The Bible tells us what the days of Noah were like:  “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5).  If you look around you, you will see wickedness increasing everywhere.  If you have doubts about this, I suggest that you read the Drudge Report every day for a week.  There are all sorts of crazy things that people are doing in our country and around the world these days.  It seems as if people have lost their minds.  Of course, when I read about this woman flipping off the judge, that was the first thing that popped into my mind – i.e. that she had lost her mind.  And this is essentially what happens to the person who is wicked and spends a lifetime building up selfishness, wickedness, pride, and violence in their hearts.  They can’t even think straight anymore.  Remember that “every good and perfect gift comes from above” (James 1:17).  If there is any good in our lives, it is because God has put it there, either because of our own relationship with Him or because He answered a prayer that someone prayed for us or it is the result of God’s blessings that He showers on His people.  Many of those blessings spill over in the life of the righteously-walking Christian and affect all the people that are around him or her.  And one of the good benefits of God’s blessings is a clear mind.  In 1 Sam. 16:14, we are told that after King Saul had disobeyed God (1 Samuel 15), then God took His Spirit from Saul and left a “distressing spirit” with the man. 

If you have a clear mind and peace in your heart, make no mistake about it, God is responsible for you having those things.  But if we harbor sin in our hearts, we cannot expect God to continue to bless us with good things.  Not all turmoil is brought into people’s lives because of sin, but there are most definitely situations in which people bring trouble upon themselves by their sin.  I believe that this is why our nation is experiencing so many troubles these days. It is because we have rejected God, and He sees no reason to go on blessing a people who will not honor Him.

I pray today, that if you are blessed by God, that you will remember to thank Him.  If you are not walking in good fellowship and obedience with God, I pray that you will repent of that today, and you will seek His Face and ask for His Help in putting you back on the right path.  If you have never asked Jesus into your heart, remember that this is the first step in a relationship with God, so I pray that you will rectify that today by praying whatever prayer in your heart, in your own words, to ask Jesus to come into your heart and save you.  Once He comes into your heart, then He can work on fixing whatever is wrong in your life.

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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