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Clear Words

The Bible Reading Club: Clear Words – Judgments in the earth (Psalms 105:7)

Today’s Reading: Psalms 105-108

Today’s Reflection: Psalms 105:7

He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth.

One of the challenges of being a believer trying to share the good news of Jesus Christ is the issue of morality.  For many in the world God’s laws seem impractical and unnecessary.  In our post-modern age, absolute truth has been banished along with ancient superstitions and everyone is free to create their own version of right and wrong, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else.  Just bringing up the idea of sin may result in little more than raised eyebrows among your non-believing friends and co-workers.

But as today’s text points out, God’s judgments, which are based on His laws, moral and otherwise, are throughout the earth.  Everyone, whether a believer or not, recognizes this in the material world.  Our planet is governed by physical laws like gravity, entropy, thermodynamics, and intertia, and without them we wouldn’t be able to exist.  But what we may not be so quick to recognize is that this is also true in the realm of morality.  The reality of sin and its consequences is a present reality for each of us.

Think about a man who lies to his spouse.  Whether he believes in the Ten Commandments or not, he instinctively knows he’s done something wrong.  Now he has to keep up the lie.  He may have to lie to others to keep it up, or even manufacture evidence to support the lie.  As this continues he will increasingly find himself under pressure: fear of being found out, suspicion about his spouses behavior (maybe she already knows and is planning retaliation?), concern that someone else might blow his cover.  The pressure may be so great that he eventually decides to tell his wife the truth, unwittingly discovering another bible truth: confession is good for the soul (Proverbs 28:13; James 5:16).

The same is true for all sins.  There are earthly consequences all involving the breakdown of relationships—mistrust, resentments, anger all flow from immoral behaviours.  These consequences are signs visible to all and there to help us determine right from wrong (and in some cases even to understand that there is a right and a wrong).  Even in the absence of God’s written Word or the Gospel of Jesus Christ, His judgments are in all the earth.

Romans 2:14-15 – 14) For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15) They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them

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