In personal conversation with friends; I have found so many people are convicted to only “seek to the Kingdom of Christ” and that we should as a consequence, avoid the world for all its debauchery. What should be recognized is the simple fact; God has molded this world to give us the perfect battleground to wage war in his honor. We should not be sad we live in such an awful and wicked age – we should be emboldened by it; Thankful for it – we should pray to God and thank him for giving us the opportunity to demonstrate acts of true faith, devotion and zealotry; when it is so difficult to do so in our day and age.
Romans 9 Reads: “Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. God, although choosing to show his wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of his wrath—prepared for destruction? What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory”
We know that all things in this world were raised up for the purpose of the glorification of God; and that too includes the enormous hordes of reprobates who are constantly biting at our heels. For scripture says “The Lord works out everything to its proper end— even the wicked for a day of disaster.” ( Proverbs 16:4 ) – God has molded this age so we might glorify him through great battles of righteousness. Whether it be the personal battle for piety or the outward battle for the institution of the law of God.
Consider this: Should we have been born into an age of piety, raised in the true faith, in a nation of believers – would we really have a good opportunity to demonstrate our devotion? Would we have the chance to stand for Christ despite persecution just as the apostles did in the early days? We would have no such opportunity.
Today in our world of persecution for faith, and rampant vice and sin – God could almost bathe in the glory of the struggles of his people, among his faithful elect he can see the day-to-day struggles against the sinfulness of modernity for the sake of God alone! We all sin and fall short of the law indeed, but it is this never-ending battle for the very control of our hearts which is what brings great glory to God.
God too could watch in his pleasure a generation of honest men who are so emboldened in faith that they can stand up against against the sins and wickedness of the world and fight wholeheartedly for the institution of God’s perfect and holy (Rom 7:12) law
So next time you feel bad, and upset about the sins of the world: Remember to be thankful for the struggles you face every day- you struggle for God – and he certainly knows it. Your sanctification through loyalty to God’s law is very much parallel with “taking up your own cross” and walking in the footprints of Christ. Thank God for your struggles men, for these struggles through your life build up your character, resolve and virtue. Just like molding steel you need to be heated in a furnace and beaten by a hammer before you can be formed into the likeness and image of Christ. This world is the furnace, and that hammer is the instructive wrath of God in your life.
Take these short thoughts and reflect upon them, read your scripture and see if they ring true in the historical experience of the Israelites. Pray to God and thank him for the opportunity to truly stand for his great cause.