Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©
When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, the hearts of the people are filled with schemes to do wrong. Although a wicked man commits a hundred crimes and still lives a long time, I know that it will go better with God-fearing men, who are reverent before God. Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow.
(Ecclesiastes 8:11-13 (NIV))
Could this be the reason that our society has crime rates that are increasing? Our justice system is supposed to be the best in the world, yet, our crime rates seem to keep rising. What has made this happen?
We have removed prayer from schools. We have removed God from public life. We have become more concerned with the rights of the criminals than we are for the rights of the victim or for what is right in the eyes of God. We have situations where numerous people witness a man kill court officials and countless others, yet, we spend millions of dollars and months on a trial to determine if he is guilty. I know that there are cases of mistaken identity, but have we gone too far in following the letter of the law when it comes to criminal cases? What ever happened to common sense? What ever happened to the fear of doing wrong? What ever happened to the fear of God?
Could our societal issues all be attributed to the simple fact that our society no longer fears God? Have we grown so arrogant that we think ourselves to be wise in wickedness and righteousness?
We have become fools in the eyes of God. We no longer fear Him or His wrath. Yes, I said it. Wrath! God is a God of love, grace and mercy, but He will only forgive those who turn to Him. He will not forgive those who simply scheme to do evil. There is no wisdom to be found among evil for evil fears nothing. It only exists to steal, kill and destroy.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.
(Psalm 111:10 (NIV))
Are you wise in your eyes or in the eyes of God?