Thought for Thursday

God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. Romans 3:4

In the dark days of the Soviet Union’s repression of Christians, the brutal regime allowed some churches to function, but the sermons and actions of those churches were carefully monitored by the authorities. Despite the rigid control, many Christians continued to attend the churches to obtain what they could of spiritual nourishment. So on an Easter morning, a particular large church in one of Russia’s large cities was packed to capacity. The congregation listened silently and sadly as the government-appointed minister delivered a carefully written refutal of the resurrection of Christ. He skilfully made his points about how impossible such a resurrection was, and how foolish were the people who believed it to be true. When he smugly took his seat at the end of his sermon, confident that he had convinced everyone there that there is resurrection, a slender old man tottered down the aisle to the pulpit and painfully climbed onto the dias. Lifting his arms high, he declared in as loud a voice as he could muster, ‘Christ is risen!’ From the lips of everyone in the congregation except the minister came a rafter-shaking response: ‘Christ is risen indeed!’ God does not always allow His enemies the temporary comfort of thinking that they have successfully challenged Him.

We know that the Bible is true, and that every Word that God has spoken is sure and eternal. But we live in a world that does not believe as we do. Most of those around us have no time for or interest in God or what He has to say. They don’t know about the Gospel message or don’t care what it says. They don’t believe that God has said that the wicked shall be turned into hell, and if they hear it, they don’t believe that He means it. In addition to the rampant apathy, there are outright denyers of God and challengers of everything about Him. The religions and denominations around us have also abandoned all interest in what God says, if it clashes with their fuzzy feel-good doctrines. The majority, it is evident, disagree with what God says. But that does not change the fact that God is justified in all His sayings.

Because everything that God says in His Word is true, that Word ought to be in our hearts and minds. Otherwise, we could become contaminated by the denials of the world. What does God have to say about the events that are happening around us? What does God have to say about the gross immorality that is gripping our world? What does God have to say about our role in this sinful world? What does God have to say about our behaviour in our employment, our homes, our entertainment, and our Assembly? And we had better make sure that we get it right, because in whatever God has said, He will be justified.

Does other people’s judgment of God make any difference to us? If their judgment is true, we must agree with them and with God. If their judgment is false, we must reject them and acknowledge that God is always justified in His sayings. -Jim MacIntosh

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