August 8, 2014
Sometimes it seems that the only things we feel are real are those things that we can instantly put our hands on and control. It must come to us instantly, or it is not worth worrying about. Our world is a world of instant gratification. There are fast food, fast cars, and fast planes. We can drive up to a little kiosk and get hot coffee handed to us through our car window. We become impatient if we have to wait in line for anything. We expect restaurants to provide quick and efficient service or we take it out of our tip to the waiter.
Many people suffer from what I call the tyranny of the moment. This is when your entire focus is controlled by the things immediately in front of you. You know you need to plan for things, like retirement, but the car payment is due, the mortgage is due, the kids need braces or college, and so you take care of the things of the moment and let the things of the future go unattended.
When things are promised to us at some unknown point in the future, then they fade into the backs of our mind, and if we try hard enough we can imagine that they will not happen.
Like God’s judgment. We are told by God that it is going to happen. The preacher proclaims that God’s judgment is coming. All of creation tells us that God is real, and if God is real, then His judgment must be real as well. But we live our lives like that judgment is never going to happen.
Can you honestly say that the way you live your life today would not change if you knew for a fact that Jesus was coming tomorrow and you would have to stand before Him?
The world behaves as if God does not exist. But God’s judgment is real.
Listen to this podcast to hear the Bible tell us that each person is guilty of sin, there are no exceptions, Jew or Gentile. God would be perfectly just to condemn each of us based on our works. Yet God has provided us with an alternative. God has provided the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ to cover our sins, so that we can have righteousness imputed to us. A person who has made Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior can stand before a Holy God in righteousness found in Christ.