By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)
Tossed to the wind is a category that has allowed many once godly nations to drift from their moral foundation. There is an enlargement of the scope of man's ungodly ways; with a progression that continues in its domineering way which can only lead to destruction.
Scripture reveals: These are spots (stains) in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feed themselves without fear (serving self): clouds they are without water, carried about of winds (tossed to the wind category); trees whose fruit withers, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots (Jude 1:12).
A Bible commentary noted: Such are compared to clouds for their number, for their sudden rise, being vainly puffed up in their fleshly mind; destitute of the true grace of God, declaring alliance to it, but destitute of it.
What we see being tossed to the wind (righteousness formerly proclaimed) is not for the betterment of mankind. One man said: Do not take a fence down until you know the reason why it was put up (G. K. Chesterton). There are those who are willing to take the fence of righteousness down; without understanding its merits.
We are seeing this happening in a society with new progressive ideals; phraseologies that appeal to the hearer, yet devastating to society. A new battery of words, deceptive in nature, are the paving way to undermine the very concept of God's Word; which stands as a barrier toward such an endeavor.
Scripture reveals: Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush; therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I (God) visit (punish) them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord (Jeremiah 6:15).
A Bible commentary noted: The peoples stubborn refusal to walk in the traditional ways of true righteousness would only lead them to destruction. The tossed to the wind concept is seeking to undermine godly values, with acceptance of the previously unacceptable coming to the forefront rather than rejection.
We are seeing devastation, with record breaking disasters, at every hand; with little crying out to God for deliverance, because He is being ushered to the sideline rather than the forefront.
Scripture reveals the results: The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff in the mountains before the wind, and like rolling things before the whirlwind (Isaiah 17:13).
The prophet Jeremiah, in speaking the words of the Lord: Hear, O earth; behold I will bring evil (calamity) upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts because they have not hearkened to my words (being tossed to the wind), nor to my law, but rejected it ( Jeremiah 6:19).
The prophet Hosea, in speaking the words of the Lord: They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it has no stalk (God's provisions taken away): the bud shall yield no meal; if so be it yield, the strangers shall shallow it up (Hosea 8:7).
A Bible commentary noted: They will be swept away in the judgment of God, and what remains shall fall to the hands of strangers to whom God delivers them. Reap the whirlwind is that which be raised up against them like a vehement storm of wind.
You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped iniquity (lawlessness); you have eaten the fruit of lies: because you did trust in your own way, in the multitude of mighty men (Hosea 10:13). Those words reveal the fact they had contrived their own destruction; having shown great contempt for God's Word, and would suffer the consequences for having done so.
Scripture reveals: When your fear (terror) comes as desolation (a storm), and your destruction comes as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish comes as a whirlwind (Proverbs 1:27). A Bible commentary noted: Such will be the calamity that will be the occasion for fear; judgment as that of famine or pestilence (which we are already experiencing), which lays all waste.
Such destruction is the result of many altering their spiritual course, a crumbling of once held biblical values being tossed to the wind by nations and individuals alike. We are seeing a movement toward acceptance of ungodliness that far surpasses the Pre-flood days of Noah, Sodom and Gomorrah, and Babylon which was the hold of every found spirit.
Scripture reveals: We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). Those words ring loud and clear in what we are seeing being tossed to the wind; as many defect to the enemy (Satan), rather than fight the good fight of faith to the end.
There is a never ending struggle within the soul of man; as the forces of evil attempt to undermine God's Word; to appease ungodly lifestyles, condemned in God's Word. They shall not succeed for God's Word reveals: As the whirlwind passes, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation (Proverbs 10:25).
Scripture reveals: He that sows to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall reap life everlasting (Galatians 6:8). The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord has his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet (Nahum 1:3).
A Bible commentary noted: The Lord is slow to anger reveals His space for repentance towards all mankind. However, he is able to execute the wrath for He will by no means clear the guilty, or let them go free and unpunished. His wrath is compared to a whirlwind, and a storm, which is sometimes suddenly executed upon men.
Is ungodliness continuing to overpower with its destructive nature; with the people of the land relishing rather than rejecting its influence? Is the righteousness of God being tossed to the wind rather than embraced? Is the profit to the almighty dollar not an allurement towards endorsing ungodly lifestyles?
Is the entertainment industry not benefiting from its foul and perverted content presented with the people loving to have it so? Has one's conscience been seared towards acceptance of ungodliness as more of the same is placed on the plate of acceptability? If so, will such not lead a nation, or individual, to reap God's wrath; after His efforts to awaken one to the truth is ignored?
An encyclopedia noted: The Venus flytrap is a carnivorous plant of subtropical wetlands in the East Coast of the United States. It catches its prey, chiefly insects, with a trapping device formed by the terminal portion of each of the plant's leaves, which are triggered by tiny hairs (called trigger or sensitive hairs) on the leaves inner surfaces. When a insect craws along its leaves contacting one of those tiny hairs, the trap is sprung and immediately closes on its victim.
Can one not equate such to how one is leered into the destructive nature of ungodliness; with the enemy of one's soul (Satan), through those already ensnared, luring others into entrapment? Scripture reveals: Evil men, and seducers shall wax (grow) worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13).
Satan knows the right bait to allure his victim; patiently waiting, as the Venus flytrap, for all his intended victims. As the Venus flytrap reaches out its trapping device to capture its unsuspecting victims; so is the evilness of our day seeking to entrap others towards embracing its ungodly ways.
A man of God noted: We are living in a very permissive day when the religious world is tolerant to most any and all kinds of standards and lifestyles. This permissiveness and tolerance is the result of a self-willed and carnal minded society. As a result of such tolerance and permissiveness, they have altered their teachings, their standards, and even their interpretations of the Scriptures (a tossed to the wind category), to comply with, and accommodate the permissive and tolerant society. Very few people this day hold to their heart's convictions; they change to blend in with their environment.
Those words, written many years ago, are even more meaningful today, as we see a continual drift towards the unrighteousness of man. There is focus on acceptance of a secular society; with the ushering aside of biblical standards of yesteryear. The spiritual leadership of today; especially of a younger generation, no longer hold the traditional values of yesteryear. The mindset of the world has been altered towards acceptance of the previously unacceptable.
The Apostle Paul told Timothy, a young evangelist: The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts (desires) they shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned into fables (that which is fictitious) (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
A Bible commentary noted: Preaching is the God-ordained means to prevent defection from the truth (having been tossed to the wind). Teachers who appeal to itching ears tell people what they want to hear, not what they need to hear.
Let us, as believers in the saving grace of God (through the Lord Jesus Christ), not allow His blessed Word to be tossed to the wind, but rather help its being implanted in hearts and lives of others.
Let us, as believers in Christ, take a stand for the truths of God's Word; even in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation. Let us, as believers in Christ, be a beacon to a world slowly giving way to the wickedness of man. Scripture reveals: You are the light of the world. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 4:16)!
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