October 8, 2018
Romans 3:15-18… Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known. “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
“The way of peace they have not known.” This could be taken either of 2 ways. 1. They have not known peace because it was not given to them. Or 2. They have not known peace because they did not pursue it.
Hebrews 12:14… Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness, without which, no one will see the lord.
So, we strive for peace and holiness; they are not given like ointments. Peace is not stumbled upon or found accidently. It is pursued, striven after. The final phrase seems to be a component of peace… “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Without fear of God, one may be swift to shed blood. The verses above are preceded by
Verses 11 & 12… No one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.
So, apart from God, the way of peace is unavailable. I am going to expose a weakness in me, here… I am naturally inquisitive. I want to know “why?” This was made real to me when i was first introduced to computers. I did not understand how a mouse could be placed on almost any surface and the icon showed up on the screen. It seemed to me the surface needed to be a part of the computer. For quite some time I insisted on using the mouse on the surface on which the computer sat. I now know that doesn’t matter. It makes no sense to me but I accept it. And isn’t that a description of faith. The reality of God makes no sense sometimes, but I accept and even believe Him.
“Without faith, it is impossible to please God.”
It seems to me, that verse needs to be amplified. “Without unquestioned, undeniable, faith”… Faith that is only available in the areas we have confidence in is not faith at all. The generations that follows mine seems to be more questioning than I remember being. I have tried to be understanding of their questions. Worldly thinking challenges faith. God doesn’t. So, stop it, Jim.