The Nature of God and Daily Living


     “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.  Therefore, whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops” (Luke 12:2-3). The omniscience, sovereignty, and righteousness of God ought to be the source of tremendous fear to the unrighteous and of great comfort to the righteous.  Jehovah knows all, rules over all, and justly recompenses all.  David’s faith in these three essential facts is reflected in the words of Psalm 58.

     Because of Jehovah’s omniscience, David knew that the truth about the wicked was not being successfully camouflaged by their righteous pretensions.  “Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones?  Do you judge uprightly, you sons of men?  No, in heart you work wickedness; you weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.  The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.  Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; they are like the deaf cobra that stops its ear, which will not heed the voice of charmers, charming ever so skillfully” (vv. 1-5).

     Because of Jehovah’s sovereignty, David knew that the wicked face divine opposition and just retribution.  “Break their teeth in their mouth, O God!  Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!  Let them flow away as waters which run continually; when he bends his bow, let his arrows be as if cut in pieces.  Let them be like a snail which melts away as it goes, like a stillborn child of a woman, that they may not see the sun.  Before your pots can feel the burning thorns, He shall take them away as with a whirlwind, as in His living and burning wrath” (vv. 6-9).

     Because of Jehovah’s righteousness, David knew that God would vindicate the righteous.  “The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked, so that men will say, ‘Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely, He is God who judges in the earth’” (vv. 10-11).

     The immutable nature of God is not a theory to be held intellectually; it is a truth that ought to impact your daily life in profound and practical ways.  “My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” (Luke 12:4-5).

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