The time is coming again soon when God, with His wrath, will destroy evil. Isaiah 2:19 “People will flee to caves in the rocks and to holes in the ground from the fearful presence of the LORD and the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to shake the earth.” In Revelation 6:16-17 we find a similar passage talking about this same prophecy. “and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?" Clearly, it is a very, very bad thing to be an enemy of God.
So how do we escape the coming wrath? How do we find favor like Noah did? Let’s face it, on our own we are evil messed up people. In fact, every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. (Genesis 8:21) The only hope we have of being saved is found in Jesus Christ. But as believers we cannot get complacent or lazy. It is true that we are not saved by works but by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8) but this does not mean we have no part in it. Confessing with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord and Savior is one thing. Living your life for Jesus is quite another.
From the moment we are born we undergo testing. Life is a series of forks in the road…we always have two choices. One road, the worldly road has a beautiful brilliance and shine from far away. But as you go down that road you realize the ‘fun’ road is also full of misery and darkness. Much of what you find on that road does a great job of temporarily satisfying your every desire but you can never quite get enough. Just a little bit more you think, and you will be doing really well. You let nothing or no one stand in your way when you go this way. Your goal is more fun, more entertainment, more pleasure, and more success. But despite all that you can find on this road, when you get quiet and still there is a deep feeling of emptiness that engulfs you. In an attempt to fill this emptiness, you may try to find new, different, and better people, things or places but that deep dark feeling never goes away.
I am afraid some of us may be trying to walk down both roads at the same time. An example of this can be found in 1 John 1:6-7 “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” I am deeply convicted of this in my own heart. The Bible is very clear that if we want Jesus to save us from the coming wrath, we must stay off the worldly road. We must choose the blood stained road. That road is our only hope.
Are you trying to walk down both roads? Do you find yourself getting wrapped up in the cares of the world? When we follow Jesus this world loses its luster. We no longer want for things. We no longer get jealous about what other people have. We no longer listen to what the world tells us is important. The world wants to please your flesh with its every passion and desire but we must have self-control and turn from it. Galatians 5:24 “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
You have two roads to choose from and it comes down to this. We either choose satan or we choose God. How we live our lives, not an hour long worship service on Sundays, demonstrates who we really worship. (John 8:43-45) Satan controls the world and everything in it. Those who are disobedient to God are being controlled by the evil one (Ephesians 2:2).
Who controls your life? Who do you worship?
Galatians 6:14 “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”