“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: who changed the…
“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart…
Our God is of another order. He notices every one of us; there is not a sparrow or a worm that continues to live apart from His decrees. There is not a person upon whom His eye is not fixed. Our most secret acts are known to Him. Whatever we do, or endure, or suffer, the eye of God still rests upon us, and we are under His smile— for we are His people; or under His frown— for we have sinned against Him.
“Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.” —Jeremiah 10:7
Despite the idolatry of the heathen kings surrounding Judah, the LORD God is King of kings. He is sovereign God and in control. Jehovah warns the house of Israel not to learn their vain customs (Jeremiah 10:2-3). The LORD reveals to them that these carvings of wood, plated and decorated with silver and gold (Jeremiah 10:4), are not the true and living God, that they have no power and will perish from the earth (Jeremiah 10:11-12). He tells us not to be afraid of these “gods” but rather to fear Him.
“Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!” —Jeremiah 9:1
Has the love of the heavenly Father so penetrated our beings that our hearts are grieved with this kind of weeping for those who have fallen victim by those who profess the name of Christ, yet have provoked God “to anger with their graven images, and with their strange vanities” (Jeremiah 8:19).
“For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.” —Jeremiah 4:3
Whatsoever is good in a natural man is depraved by a self-end; self-love rules all his actions.
“Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?” —Isaiah 66:1
“The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.” —Luke 11:31
When contemplating the lives of some of the characters recorded in Scripture our minds can take us into a myriad of directions. Take Solomon for example. He was considered the wisest of all the kings in Israel. Yet, in multiplying wives to himself, particularly idolatrous women from distant lands, it caused his heart to turn from God so that his sin was loathsome. Our minds might tend to wander upon the thought with regard to Solomon’s ultimate salvation. The last mention of Solomon in scripture, in Nehemiah 13:26, publishes the “wise” king’s very grievous sin:
The resurrection of Christ was not only the evidence that everything the Scriptures said about Christ is true: who He was and what He has done; it’s not only evidence of that all Christ did, and all He was, and all He said about Himself is true; it’s not only evidence that Christ’s righteous and holy life, His sufficient and substitutionary and atoning sacrifice is true; but Christ’s resurrection from the dead is also evidence that the heavenly Father has accepted the sacrifice of His one and only, beloved Son as the perfect and complete atonement for sinful men who repent and believe. Trusting in the merits of man, such as church attendance, not only denies the resurrection of Christ, it blasphemes the resurrection of Christ. Salvation is found in Christ alone; and trusting in anything else or anyone else removes salvation from you as far as the east is from the west.