Today’s Scrip-Bit 20 December 2015 Psalm 107:17

Psalm 107: 17.    Fools, because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.

Oh my people, the church bells are ringing, loudly and sweetly, calling the Lord’s children to gather for worship in His sanctuary this Sunday morning! Will you be amongst the faithful gathered there today? I do hope so, because it’s such a vital part of our Christian faith and heritage. 

Yes Friends, gathering together on a Sunday – well in fact any day really – to praise and worship and give thanks to Almighty God is a wonderful, not to be missed or forgotten experience! Just raising our voices as one body – Christ’s church – to heaven in prayer and song and thanksgiving rejoices our souls, renews our strength and raises the level of our faith! 

Now how could anyone who considers him or herself a child of God, not want to take part in such a soul-stirring, enlightening and uplifting event eh? It’s unthinkable! (smile) 

All I can do though is encourage us to participate in worship services at least once a week, so that our spirits will be renewed through the hearing of God’s Word and all the other rituals and sacraments that take place within the services. It’s obviously each individual’s choice or decision to participate or not. 

However, I do strongly advise us to get involved with worship services if you truly want to mature and grow in Christ. You cannot do it isolation, by yourself; you need the strength and encouragement of other faithful believers to assist you in that regard. 

That’s why Bruh Paul likened the Church to the human body. Though the body is made up of many different parts, all with their individual functions, yet they all work together in harmony to form ONE body. The same goes for the Christian community my brethren. Though we all have different gifts and functions, we are expected to work harmoniously as ONE body in Christ. (Rom.12:4-5; 1 Cor.12:12-26) 

And we simply can’t do that if we don’t congregate every so often and celebrate our faith. So with all that godly wisdom percolating through our souls, let’s get up and get out to church now nuh. I can assure us, we won’t regret it…if we go with the right attitude; a prayerful and humble one. 

Now let’s turn to our Bit. ‘Fools, because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.’  And doesn’t that seem somewhat appropriate in regards to what we were just talking about? Oh how our God does move in mysterious ways! (smile) It was never my intention to weave them together. I didn’t even know what I was going to write about when I got started. But our omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent God obviously has a message He wants to convey. 

Anyhow, getting back to our Bit, it’s just the basic premise and promise on which the Lord has set up His universe: whatever you sow, that shall you reap. That’s the universal law friends! 

And that’s why, when we sow transgressions and iniquities, we are afflicted. We can’t sow sin and evil and expect to reap goodness and LOVE. It just doesn’t work like that. Therefore, if we don’t want to be afflicted, then we have to stop being foolish and stop sowing the things that will make us suffer serious negative consequences. It’s as simple as that my people. 

And there are several scriptures that point out the lack of wisdom thereof. Cousin Sol says it thus: ‘The foolishness of man perverteth (twists) his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.’ (Prov.19:3) Yes precious people, man’s proud and sinful nature causes him to step out of God’s narrow path, and subsequently causes him grief. 

Meanwhile, Isaiah, detailing how the rebellious will be punished, alluding to Israel’s rebellion against God, declares His word. ‘Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense even recompense into their bosom. Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the Lord, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.’ (Is.65:6-7) 

Yea friends, though the Lord will not completely obliterate His chosen people, Israel, they will pay a hefty price for their unfaithfulness, as Jeremiah tells us. ‘For I am with thee saith the Lord, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure (justice), and will not leave thee altogether unpunished. 

For thus saith the Lord, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous. There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines. All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased. 

Why criest thou for thine affliction? Thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.’ (Jer. 30:11-15) 

The same thing holds true for us today my people. Our sinfulness has reached extraordinary proportions, so at some stage, if it has not already begun, we will be required to pay a substantial price for ignoring God and going our own way, wallowing in the foolishness of the prince of darkness. 

And we’ll end with these interesting words from the Lamentations of Jeremiah. ‘Wherefore doth (how can) a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins? Let us search and try (examine) our ways, and turn again to the Lord. Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens. We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.’ (Lam.3:39-42) 

Ah mih brethren, the only thing that can save us now from our foolish rebellion is sincere repentance and a complete turnaround, back to sincerely and faithfully worshipping the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the ONE TRUE GOD. That is truly the wisdom of heaven! Much LOVE!

…I will bear the indignation of the Lord…because I have sinned against him… (Mic.7:8a)




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