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Deuteronomy 7:9 (NKJV) “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

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Every day the news brings some new twist, concern, disaster, heartache… something to cause an uncertain world to seem even more uncertain.

You know what? It’s nothing new. We just hear about it today a thousand new ways, and a thousand times faster than in the past. Life has always been uncertain. There have always been wars, poverty, epidemics, terrorists, evil men, crime and oppressive governments. Nothing has changed.

Man hasn’t changed since the first sin committed by Adam. His heart (and through him all humanity – Romans 5:12) became desperately wicked, seeking all manners of ways to cheat, hurt, lie, steal, violate and kill (Jeremiah 17:9; Genesis 6:5).  It’s been downhill ever since. God warned us clearly of what sin would bring: death (Romans 6:23; James 1:15).

So that’s some cheery news huh? Well, there is some good news. Good News. While man has NOT changed, NEITHER has God!  In spite of the havoc that saturates humanity from the overflow of wicked hearts, God still remains compassionate, merciful and faithful.

God warned us we would die if we rejected Him and now we are all in the same hopeless condition. The greatest expression of His love and mercy is how God has rescued us from the ultimate consequence of evil: death. But God’s rescue comes on HIS terms, not ours. That’s that problem people have with it. We want to dictate terms to God but the “creature” has no right to demand or command the “Creator”.

Mercifully, the rescue has been offered: repent (turn away from) your sin (whatever is not what God wants), and place your faith (belief + trust… like you believe a parachute exists, but you have to trust it and put it on, then jump out of the plane) in Jesus to save you from death. Repent of your sin, place your faith in Jesus. That’s salvation from eternal death on God’s terms. There are no other terms. None.

“What death?” you may ask. The rightful and just death that comes from being liars, thieves, murderers, blasphemers, adulterers, etc.  “NOT ME! I’m a good person…” you may respond. Don’t feel alone, most people think that same thing. Ever told a lie? What do you call someone who lies? How many lies does it take? Ever stolen, anything at all, even time from your employer? Ever hated someone? Jesus said hate is murder in your heart. Ever lusted? Jesus said that is adultery in your heart (because you’ve already done the deed in thought and would physically as well if you thought there were no consequences). Ever take the Lord’s name in vain, use it irreverently or as a cuss word? “OMG, no!” you say.

Side thought: ever wonder why people don’t say “Oh My Hitler!” or “Satan damn you!”? Why is only the names of God and Jesus, our Creator and Savior, used as cuss words and irreverent exclamations? It is the wicked hearts of sinful people expressing their rejection of God who holds them accountable for their sin.

That’s four or five of the Ten Commandments… we could do the rest but no need. We are all liars, thieves, adulterers and blasphemers by our own admission and choices. I’m good? You are good? No, clearly not. Quite the opposite just as the Bible reveals to us. I deserve my just and right penalty of eternal death for giving God the middle finger and being my own “god”, doing what I want, justifying and enjoying sin. All who reject God the Creator proclaim themselves to be their own god.

God is faithful and keeps His promise for thousands of generations. What promise? The promise to rescue us from our wicked hearts, our sin and our eternal condemnation. Aren’t you glad your merciful Creator (and He is your Creator, admit it or like it or not, doesn’t matter) hasn’t given up on you?

Think It Over: If you are reading this today and you have not humbled yourself before God, asked forgiveness and placed your obedient faith in Jesus Christ, God is still trying to get your attention before it’s too late. You could be dead a thousand ways before the sun goes down. Then it will be too late. What is more important than eternity? What sin or selfish desire NOW is worth being lost for ETERNITY? Download my new book, “It Matters What You Believe” to consider this more. This might be the most important day of your life.

Brent Riggs It Matters What You Believe