Read Psalm Chapter 74
Ps 74:9 We are given no miraculous signs; no prophets are left, and none of us knows how long this will be. 10 How long will the enemy mock You, O God? Will the foe revile Your name forever? 11 Why do You hold back Your hand, Your right hand? Take it from the folds of Your garment and destroy them!
The writer of this Psalm expressed a sentiment which could easily be the sentiment of every Christian today. We live in a world which increasingly ignores or reviles God. Christianity today is under attack. We have always known that was true of other countries, but we are now seeing it in our own country. When I was a child, I did not know anyone who did not believe in God. In small town South Arkansas a man would not have dared to openly declare his opposition to Christianity. Today, we see atheist billboards along the highway. The ACLU is attempting to erase all trace of God in our governments, despite the fact that there is no “separation of church and state” in our constitution.
In one of our support group bible study discussions, the question was raised, “are there any prophets today?” The conclusion we reached is immaterial to today’s study. I think we can all agree that if there are any, they are few in number. At least, as far as Christian leaders who can be trusted to be always correct in everything they say. My opinion only: the closest example of a trusted leader we have had in my life would be Billy Graham. Feel free to disagree, because I could be wrong.
Of one thing from today’s scripture passage that we can be sure, it is this. The enemy is mocking God today and reviling His name, even in the United States of America. Atheists have become boldly vocal in our society. Innocent unborn are being murdered every day. Our leaders rarely invoke the name of our true God in sincerity, in spirit and in truth. Usually it is done only as a way of appeasing an audience of Christians. Even worse, some messengers from the pulpit are mocking God by turning away from the truths of His word. Of course, their mocking and reviling includes the acceptance of homosexual lifestyles. But the examples beyond that one are numerous.
Personally, I see no turning back. How long will God hold back His hand? Of course, we would not share the wish of the writer of this passage. We do not wish for God to destroy them; our desire is for Him to save them. However, those who refuse to believe the truth will never be saved; not because God’s hand is too short to save, but because they are unwilling.
Mt 23:37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate.
There is surely coming a day when God will call into account all those who have rejected His Son, Jesus Christ. They will in fact be destroyed. He is a jealous God, and will not tolerate mocking and reviling forever. Thank Him today, that He has called you into His Kingdom, chosen you to be one of His children. You are not the mocker and reviler. Also pray for any who might be open to hearing and believing the truth.
Prayer: We do pray for all mankind, that somehow their ears will be opened to the truth, that all would come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, the one and only Savior, the only mediator between man and God. We pray for our SSA friends who are living a lie, in open rebellion against You. Forgive them, for some of them do not know what they do.