Our Wandering Minds
Read Psalm Chapter 36
Ps 36:1 An oracle is within my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of God before his eyes. 2 For in his own eyes he flatters himself too much to detect or hate his sin. 3 The words of his mouth are wicked and deceitful; he has ceased to be wise and to do good. 4 Even on his bed he plots evil; he commits himself to a sinful course and does not reject what is wrong.
I have mentioned in another devotional that I know a man whose great intelligence has led him astray. His knowledge of scripture, primarily deep theology, has led him to believe he has nothing else to learn. In yesterday’s devotion, I mentioned a friend who had stopped going to church. The fate of the first of these two men is clearly stated in today’s scripture passage from the book of Psalm. The fate of the second man is headed in that same direction. Let us take a close look at this passage.
1. There is no fear of God before his eyes. He believes that he is saved and nothing he can do will alter his eternal destiny. Consequently, he is now openly engaged in same-sex behaviors. In addition, he spends some nights involved in heavy drinking and sexual encounters. He also is a Calvinist (I have nothing against that theology). He has taken that theology into a realm which is unscriptural. In his mind, because he was predestined to be one of God’s children, he believes he can do anything he wishes.
2. He flatters himself too much to detect or hate his own sin. His great knowledge has led him to believe that he is intellectually superior to regular churchgoers. Therefore, he is ‘above’ needing any of the teachings which could be gleaned from going to church. He is just too smart to associate with those who are unlearned. He no longer attends church or any bible studies.
3. He has ceased to be wise and to do good. At one time, he seemed to be a wise man. He attended church, small group bible studies, and took every opportunity to learn. He even studied and learned Greek, sufficient to translate Greek into English. At one time, he participated in a local Christian ministry – one which fed the poor in Jesus’ name. He no longer is involved in that ministry or any other Christian ministry.
4. He commits himself to a sinful course and does not reject what is wrong. At this time, he has no plans to change his way of living. The last time I talked with him, I asked him to “be honest with me.” During our years of fellowship, he pretended to be sexually pure. It was later on that I learned he was involved sexually with more than one other man. He was never honest about his life, never confessing anything. Now he sees nothing wrong with the way he is living. My opinion is that he has rejected church because it would expose him to the truth, which he naturally would reject.
My other friend is headed quickly in the same direction. That journey begins with an unteachable heart, followed by a rejection of what the church teaches, a refusal to be accountable to other Christians, a haughty attitude against traditional biblical teaching, and ends in a refusal to acknowledge sin in his own life.
If you or I somehow believe we could never go this far afield, let us remember that both of these men have at one time been staunch church goers, church members, studied the bible intensely, and have believed the truth about homosexuality. That is who and where you and I are today. We must always be on guard against those little things that can slowly nudge us away from God and toward our arch enemy, that one who wishes to destroy us. We cannot let our guard down for even a moment. Let us not become the person mentioned in the following passage, who is “pure in their own eyes.”
Pr 30:11 “There are…………12 those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth; 13 those whose eyes are ever so haughty, whose glances are so disdainful;
Prayer: God, help us. Our thoughts can lead us astray so easily. We can be deceived if we are not constantly aware of the schemes of our enemy, the devil. Show us quickly, each time we take even a baby step in the wrong pathway. Forgive us for all the times we have wandered.