The War We Are In
“Behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession,
which you have given us to inherit.”
2 CHRON 20:11
The world is the great betrayer of God—for all the good He has done to them they only try to steal from Him. Man seeks to rob God of that which only belongs to Him: wisdom, power, and glory. The world seeks this with its every breath. An unbeliever rises every morning and lives every hour of every day, of every week, of every year of their whole life, seeking that which belongs to God rather than that which belongs to them. Rather than taking their rightful place of obeying and submitting to the Lord’s righteous rule, they live in constant rebellion against Him. And in this, even their supposed best efforts—their striving, ambition, and well doing—are often nothing more than products of this seeking to rob God of that which only belongs to Him.
One such way that we see this today is in all the ways people try to have morality without God. Justice without God. Love without God. Forgiveness without God. Truth without God. Joy without God. As if it was even possible to obtain these things without Him, for God is the source of all of these things. Though God Himself is the Author of these very things, fallen man tries to steal them from God and cut Him out of them. What vile wickedness this is! How rightly we can begin to understand why the world is called the enemy of God (James 4:4).
We fail to truly comprehend how evil the world is when we concede the thought, “Well, they try to be good.” No, they try to take things that belong to God and attempt to make themselves “moral gods” in His place. They’re wicked for trying to use morality to deny God. They try to be good without God—and in place of God! This is the greater darkness and not light (Matt 6:23). It is the same evil that belongs to the devil and the same evil that drove the Pharisees against Christ (Matt 27:18). This is not the ambition of a righteous person for what is good but of a wicked person driven to steal without thought or concern for what is right. This is the very people who would murder God Himself in order to gain their own wicked advantage (Matt 2:16). Don’t miss this.
An ungrateful heart towards God sounds like such a small sin, yet it is that which springs up to the surface out of such deep corruption. It is the utter depravity of mankind. There are mountains of evil in us with every breath we take, for they are all contrary to God, lived in utter contempt of God, with a thought only to rob Him and no thought to glorify Him (Acts 12:23). One drop of our sin carries the entire weight of hell within it. It is not a lack of “manners” it is eternal sin against an Eternal God. Where we try to steal the things of God rather than worship Him as the Author of all of these things—this is the war we are in.
We are fools if we exalt man’s goodness in opposition to God’s clear description of man being evil, and we are fools if we try to trust in said “goodness” inside of people, as if they will not treat us the same exact way as they have treated God. “But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.” (John 2:24-25)
October 30, 2020