You also will be drunken; you will go into hiding; you will seek a refuge from the enemy. -- Nahum 3:11
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
When a person rejects God, he or she takes a path of self-degradation. You can’t turn away from the Lord without turning away from your true nature. The apostate embraces corruption and decay, but that doesn’t mean that he immediately starts drinking Mad Dog and living in a cardboard box. Rejecting God’s truth can seem “liberating”. The apostate can do all right for a time, once he is no longer constrained by the rules of respect and propriety, by conscience and a moral code. He is “free” to take advantage of those who believe that right and wrong rise from absolutes. He makes his own right, and it is whatever suits him.
It is a lot like being drunk. Has there ever been a drunk who couldn’t dance? The broken soul no longer perceives the world as it is, but the way he wants it to be. He picks his friends and associates on the basis of whether or not they reinforce the wall of words behind which he hides from the awful truth. Truth is the enemy.
The apostate comes to hate and fear whatever reminds him of the raw perception lying beyond his tall and carefully buttressed barrier, outside his closely guarded gates. All who enter must know the passwords of the day, lest they be pinioned by arrows of scorn, derision and contempt. The fugitive’s peace is fragile and easily broken.
Reality is, though, relentless. Ninevah has it weak points. The breach will be made, and the gates will be consumed with the fire of God. Paraphrasing Matthew Henry: Those relied upon to defend the walls will come to the end of their wits and their wittiness. Their own imaginations will turn against them for they ever lacked courage and wisdom. Panic will seize them and reduce them to quivering cowards, unable to do anything for themselves.
There is no reason to for the people of God to fear such as these no matter how much they seem to have gained, how much they claim to have conquered, or how fearsome their threats against us.