Monday, November 14, 2011

Unto All Generations

12 of 22 from Psalm 119

Psalms 119:89-96  LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.  (90)  Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.  (91)  They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.  (92)  Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.  (93)  I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.  (94)  I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts.  (95)  The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.  (96)  I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

            Looking at the phrase, “unto all generations,” I thought of Jonah and what he preached to the City of Nineveh.  Our Bible tells us: “from the greatest of them even to the least” believed God.

Jonah 3:5  So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.

Jonah’s message from God was short and to the point.

Jonah 3:4  And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

His message was: either get with God’s “program,” or be destroyed.  (It is amazing how God uses The Holy Spirit to lay conviction on the heart of man.)  Nineveh (at that time) was saved from destruction.
            Our text also tells us that God’s Salvation is “unto all generations” (not just the generation that is spared.)  Nineveh failed to follow “their Salvation.”  (Their next generations never heard about Salvation,   consequently, Nineveh was eventually destroyed.)
            Christian, there is a lesson in this for us today.  If we are honest, we may see we are not “passing our Salvation” on to our next generation.  We may be more interested in “a growing church and a pretty building.”  (And with an increased revenue and a decreased debt.)  It seems we may not be interested in Glorifying God, just in glorifying ourselves.  Christian, I am not speaking about all Churches.  However, I am not excluding your Church.
            As Christians, we need to look at our nation as a Nineveh. (Again, with an honest heart.)  I know many believe “our Nation is okay.”  However, we need “a Jonah” to preach to our Nation, (to get us back to where God has guided us.
            We as Christians stand back and watch “the minorities” destroy not only our Bible, but also our Nation.  We must be the ones who repeat Jonah’s message.  We must be certain that our family, our neighbors, our co-workers, and all we meet have heard the message Jesus preached, His Gospel.
            Christian, it is our task to get ourselves back in God’s Will.  We must pray for our Church, and for our Nation.

2 Chronicles 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

This verse is for believers, no one else.  It states, “If my people, which are called by my name.”  If our Church is becoming more liberal, (as is our nation,) we must do as the people of Nineveh.  We must accept God’s Will, and send “our” Salvation “unto all generations.”  We must put aside our pride, get to our knees, and pray.  We must pray believing that God will respond to our heartfelt prayer.  Seek Him with a repentant heart, (a heart that has turned “from their wicked ways.”)
            We can be assured, (if all Christians will follow 2 Chronicles 7:14,) God will respond in the manner we expect. 
            Have you put away your pride?  Are you on your knees begging God to help your Church, your Pastor, and our Nation’s needs?  Are you seeking God?  Are you in a Worship Service on a regular, faithful basis? 
            Christian, have you turned from your evil ways?  Now is the day, the hour.  It is time to be on your knees.

Bro John R. E Chastain
Retired Pastor
Wylie, Texas   Fundamental Thoughts       

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