Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fools of a Mocking World

“Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is good will” (Proverbs 14:9).

Being the object of ridicule can really diminish enthusiasm. But when the Lord speaks there are those who listen and those who ridicule those who listen. The world mocks God and His children on a regular basis. God’s children are made fun of because of their loyalty to a different agenda. Their mindset differs from the world’s because their minds focus on the spiritual and the world responds in ignorance. Their ungodly response comes from a mind that doesn’t understand the Lord’s will and will lead them to their own demise: “[W]hose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things” (Philippians 3:19).

God’s teachings have always been different than that of the world and the world has always responded in unbelief and hatred. This fact is made evident in the life of Noah and the building of the ark. Noah was a man of God and was known by three godly characteristics: He was a “righteous man”, a “blameless” man, and a man that “walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). The world stood in unbelief and stubborn pride as Noah worked in faith. In faith, he built an ark to save his family from something they had never witnessed before. In faith, he built an ark that was a laughing matter to the world. They laughed at a working faith that the Hebrew writer shows brought salvation to Noah and his family (Hebrews 11:7). Still today the world laughs at those who seek salvation according to God’s word instead of man’s traditions and mock the child of God.

While the world acted in unbelief and ridiculed God’s servant, the faithful servant, Noah, kept on building and preaching according to his faith. To an unbelieving world, Noah’s message was something to be mocked. They resisted God’s message with total ignorance of His mercy as they ridiculed the obedient faith of Noah. But when the floods came, they came to realize Noah’s wisdom and that their ignorance made them fools. The world may resist God in His doctrines, but they cannot resist Him in His wrath.

In the same way, Jesus came to preach to a lost world. But, just as they did Noah, the world mocked God’s Son. Not even His own people understood His message (John 1:11). Don’t be categorized with those who don’t respond to Jesus in faith. Understand that the world will not agree with His message of salvation and will stand in opposition to the gospel that demands obedience, but soon will submit to the wrath of the Messenger. Do not allow the world’s ignorance to be yours also. Get to know the truth in God’s Word and allow His revelation of love fill your hearts with faith so you can act in love and not ignorance. Be different from the world of mockers by embracing the faith that moves the church in the direction of godly wisdom that will bring prosperity to their souls.

In His Love,
Cub

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