Those Who Are Wise Shall Understand
“Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand.”
One of the great truths that God makes clear in His Word is that He is a just God. This is something that is so essential to understand for our peace, and it is also something that we must understand rules over our own lives. Namely, that it is those who seek the Lord who find Him, it is those who are obedient to Him and submit to Him that walk in peace, and it is the one who does all of these things that grows in knowledge of the truth and in grace.
This is such an essential truth for us to understand today. Many of us presume upon God’s grace and fail to realize how great our duty is towards God. If we do not sow, then we will not reap, and it is only the one who sows who is righteous.
This doesn't mean running around doing a million things for God; it means taking Him seriously. It means being intentional about growing in our own obedience, submission, and holiness. It means giving the right amount of time to reading His Word and prayer. It is about pursuing the changed inner man.
The Lord determines that all of us in this life make the choice that we will: to live righteously or wickedly, to obey God or disobey Him, to pursue God or forsake Him, to know God or be ignorant of Him. And even for the Christian, we must realize how this judgement still resides over our own lives, actions, beliefs, desires, and thoughts.
The Lord has determined that the majority of His judgement will take place within eternity, and that how we live our lives here and now will be judged then. Often we get so focused upon wanting justice here and now rather than focusing upon our own walk before God. A wonderful word of Scripture for this correction is Revelation 22:11 “Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy.”
Those who do evil will choose it, but let us focus here and now upon our own obedience to God, our own pursuit of God. The wicked are those who forsake God, who have no integrity towards God, who do not honor Him or obey His Word. These are the areas of wickedness that we must root out of our own lives. Purifying ourselves, making ourselves white in the blood of Christ, being refined. And when we are faithful to God to do this work in the midst of a corrupt generation (Phil 2:15, Titus 2:12), then we are made worthy of His Kingdom, and with us He is well pleased.
As we continue forward into the rest of this month, year, and the rest of our lives, let us fight for this pursuit within the whole of our lives. And would you please consider praying this for Sarah and me? May all of us fight to be worthy of Christ’s Kingdom, and fight that those around us would also be worthy of Him—this is Christian love. I pray for you, reader, that you would walk in deeper sincerity towards the Lord, and in more and more holiness.
August 30, 2021