We are persistently being told that “God is doing wonderful things in these days.” What an absolutely empty, meaningless use of words. Murders, riots, rapes, drug addiction, drunkenness, adultery, sodomy, uncleanness, strikes, vandalism, violence and vice. The whole catalogue of evil which advertises the state of our nation in these days in which we live is an open invitation to look and see what terrible things the devil is doing today.
The Lord is Sovereign; of course he is, and the evil one doesn’t take
one step that is out of control of Him who sitteth upon the Throne. But the
state of things in the nation today is an account of the state of things in the
churches today; and the state of things in churches today is on account of
God having turned His face away from a people bent on having their own
wills satisfies. Years of banner-waving evangelism and “factory farming”
methods in conversion have neither stemmed the tide of corruption nor
increased the flow of Godliness by one iota.
How much we could do with the spirit of Bunyan’s “Old Mr.
Honest.” To see what the present trend of things is and to have courage to
denounce the course fearlessly, proclaiming what a continued following of
that course will result in, for ourselves, for our churches, for our
demonstrations, for the whole church in this land, for the land itself. We
will be no better off for simply calling barreness blessing: neither will we
be any worse off for seeing and confessing that the “pleasant places” have
become desolate. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord.”
Do we really believe that great things are happening today? “Now
therefore, thus saith the Lord hosts; consider your ways. Ye have sown
much and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye
are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that
earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the
Lord of hosts; consider your ways.” (Haggai chapter 1 verse 5-7)
One ounce of spiritual perception, my friends, will show that this is
our state today. One ounce of spiritual foresight will undoubtedly show us
the consequences of remaining in that state in blissful unawareness.
W.J Seaton (1971)
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan