Don’t Fight God
In the end, God wins. Each of us must decide today. Do we take Him as our God or substitute something else, something earthly?
Today’s reading: Isaiah 45-47; Colossians 3
22 “Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. 23 By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’ Isaiah 45:22-23
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. Colossians 3:5-6
Isaiah predicts with detail the deliverance of Judah by Cyrus, king of Persia, an event that remained some 150 years in the future. God will do what He wills with mighty Babylonia. Judah will be conquered and taken into captivity by that empire, but then Babylonia would succumb to Persia and Cyrus would become the deliverer of Judah. God, through the prophet, keeps telling them “besides me there is no God” (45:5,22; 46:9). When are they going to get this?
Paul calls the Colossians to holiness of life, beginning with their mindset. In order to focus on things above where Christ is they are certainly going to have to turn away from the things below, earthly things like “sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness…” Sin related to sex is, for most of us probably, easy to spot. Guilt can be quickly detected, even when ignored or suppressed. Covetousness, however, is more subtle. It is idolatry! We want things others have because we love stuff. We rely on stuff. Stuff makes us happy. Stuff fills the emptiness in our hearts left by an earthly mindset. In reality, when we covet we worship stuff. God’s wrath is going to be unleashed on those who practice that sin. It is not a harmless, little snake, all cute and cuddly. It is a deadly python whose venom can kill multiple humans. Put it to death, Paul tells them.
The final victory of God over all evil and rebellion against Him is indisputable. What is not clear is whether we will bow before Him now, calling for His mercy and salvation, or later when we come kicking and screaming before His judgment. Don’t fight God. Seek to set your mind on Him, now and always.