"The Peace of Reality"
We live in days wherein we see the fulfillment of the Apostle Peter's prophecy: "the way of truth shall be evil spoken of" (II Peter 2:2).
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20).
The prophet pronounces woe upon purveyors of the perverse redefinition of good and evil. Certainly this involves future sorrows for those who never repent of their delusion. However, the present moment also involves torment for those who allow for the reversal of reality in heart and mind. A smiling face, seemingly confident affirmations, and moments of pleasure at the expense of Truth do not belie the inevitable internal misery of the heart that calls light darkness, and darkness light. Human hearts were not made for such contradiction and cannot tranquilly exist in the spiritual and moral calamity - "There is no peace, saith my God to the wicked" (Isaiah 57:21).
Frances mentioned to me earlier that Muslim terrorists recently locked a group of Christians in a cage, believers who would not renounce the Lord Jesus. The cage was lowered into a river and our brothers and sisters were drowned. "The time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service" (John 16:2). The terrorists acted on their perversion according to their deluded redefinition of good and evil. I raise the question: who would we rather be, our brothers and sisters martyred for the Savior, or those who killed them? Moreover, who knew joy and peace in the moments of the drowning? Who will know joy and peace forevermore? I suspect the murderers laughed, danced, and mocked as they perpetrated their crime against the living and true God. But they had no peace within, nor will they ever unless they repent and believe in the Lord Jesus. No human being can call good evil and evil good without plunging a knife into one's own heart. "Woe unto them" declares the Lord of the inner void that cannot be avoided or escaped by those who reject His reality.
God privileges His trusting children to know good as good, evil as evil, and most importantly, the true and living Lord Jesus as Christ. This is peace, the peace of reality and of a heart that sees according to the Bible's revelation of Truth as it actually is, both now and forevermore.
"If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!"
"Execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates."
Weekly Memory Verse
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
(I John 5:21)