Wednesday, January 13, 2016
When Sin Doesn’t Cause You Shame
"Were they ashamed when they had committed abominations? No! They were not at all ashamed, nor did they know how to blush." Jeremiah 8:12
I've been reading through the book of Jeremiah and although it tells of how Israel turned their back on God, it could easily be mistaken as a story about the United States at the present time. We, as a nation, have been so richly blessed by the Lord, yet we have chosen to turn our back on Him and follow our own ways. We have known God's protection and provision, yet we have chosen to go after gods that do not do anything except destroy us. We have allowed our hearts to be won over by our own desires and have put God on the backburner of our lives. Our sin has become so commonplace that we fail to even see it as sin anymore. What would have once shocked most people doesn't even cause us to bat an eye. Our hearts have grown cold and our consciences have grown so accustomed to our sin that it doesn't bother us in the least bit. The Scripture above so accurately describes us...we are no longer ashamed of our sin and we are so comfortable with it that it doesn't even cause us to blush. When I really stop and think about this, it scares me to death. It scares me because I wonder how long God will let us go on like we are before He issues His wrath. Even tempered with grace and mercy, His wrath will be fierce. He will not be mocked. He will not allow other gods to take His rightful place. He will not remain silent forever. Our only prayer is to do what God told the Israelites over and over...repent and turn back to Him with our whole hearts. He is the only hope for our nation!