Text: “Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations He hath made in the earth.”
Good morning, saved, secured, and safe-guarded Christian! The works of the Lord God Almighty, Jehovah, and especially in His only begotten Son, the Living Lord Jesus Christ, should encourage us who are born again of His Spirit; and lift us up above all afflictions and oppressive depressions whenever the enemies of our Spiritually regenerate souls seek to pull us down.
IF we are genuinely saved: then we are not only saved, but secured for Eternity in the Family of the Lord, and shall always be safe-guarded by His Omnipotent power. Can we who enjoy such Eternal benefits not now lift a word of open praise to God for His grace? Indeed we can: ‘Hallelujah! The Lord God omnipotent reigns forever! Amen!’
Verse 8. “Come, behold (look, and understand) the works of the Lord. It were well if we also carefully noted the providential dealing of our covenant God and were quick to perceive His hand in the battles of His church. Whenever we read history, it should be with this verse sounding in our ears. We should read the newspaper in the same spirit, to see how the Head of the church rules the nations for His people’s good, as Joseph governed Egypt for the sake of Israel.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 221)
So often we forget the Gospel story of ‘the ten lepers’. Ten were healed, but only one came back to give Christ Jesus thanks. (Luke 17:12-19)
“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God.” (Luke 17:15)
“And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And He said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.” (Luke 17:17-19)
Verse 8. “Come, behold the works of the Lord. God looks that His works should be well observed, and especially when He hath wrought any great deliverance for His people. Of all things, he cannot abide to be forgotten.” (John Trapp 1601-1699)
In this increasingly crass, God-rejecting 21st Century, sinful mankind thinks he/she is in control of things within any given sphere of human influence and governance. However, this is only a lie which Satan, ‘...the god of this world...’, has used to blind the minds and hearts of reprobate societies, in order to lead their immortal souls further and further down the broad road to a Christ-rejecter’s Hell. Millions in so-called modern societies today, seem to be now more interested in celebrating Halloween, than worshipping the Living Lord God on the Lord’s day.
Such, Spiritually blinded individuals and nations seem totally unaware of the insult they are hurling at our Holy Lord God Almighty – and deaf and blind to the certain Eternal desolations that must soon come. Oh that nations and individual people might awaken, Spiritually, to the sinful state they are wallowing in today!
Verse 8. “What desolations He hath made in the earth. The destroyers He destroys, the desolators He desolates. How forcible is the verse at this date! The ruined cities of Assyria, Babylon, Petra, Bashan, Canaan, are our instructors, and in tables of stone record the doings of the Lord. In every place where His cause and crown have been disregarded, ruin has surely followed; sin has been a blight on nations and left their palaces to lie in heaps.
Ye gloomy piles, ye tombs of living men,
Ye sepulchres of womanhood, or worse;
Ye refuges of lies, soon may ye fall,
And ‘mid your ruins may the owl, and bat,
And dragon find congenial resting-place.”
(Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, page 221)
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he/she that soweth to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he/she that soweth to the Spirit shall reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faith not.” (Galatians 6:7-9)
For the Christ-rejecting individuals and nations, those who would rather run after false religions, superstitions, and humanistic philosophies – this verse from the book of Galatians holds a severe threefold message of warning from God:
1. An Unheeded Warning: “Be not deceived”!
2. An Unalterable Truth: “God is not mocked”!
3. An Unchangeable Law: “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”!
The works of the Lord are well manifested for us – in Creation; in His Redemption of fallen Adam; and in the Sovereign grace He bestows upon His elect people, through the full Atonement Sacrifice of God the Son, Christ Jesus. Who dares to ignore such Divine works, without incurring a fearful dread of Hell and the Lake of Fire which must surely follow?
Fallen mankind throughout the world are left without any excuse, God’s workings with mankind are well documented and recorded in His Holy Bible.
Verse 8. “...What desolations He hath made in the earth. Desolations by wars; how many fields have been drenched with blood, and composted with carcasses; how many millions of men have been cut off in all ages by the edge of the sword! Desolations by famine; ...Desolations by plague and pestilence; which have swept away, as our story tells us, eight hundred thousand in one city.” (Joseph Hall 1574-1656)
Thought: All saved by Christ – are saved, secured and safe-guarded from all desolations! Come join us in the Eternal Security of the Lord Jesus Christ, today?