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A Song of Sorrows

April 18, 2012

Romans 11:33 “Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out.

Colossians 1:16-17 “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

It’s so deep…..so unfathomably deep, that our finite mind cannot even construct a rough composit. A God who has no beginning, (he has always been God) and never changes. The timeless Creator of all things who sees the end from the beginning and all things in between. He knows how many galaxies fill the emptiness of space. he knows how many stars each galaxy is comprised of, and how many planets, comets, moons, astroids, and miscallaneous bits of debris make up each solar system. He established it all. At the same time, he knows how many hairs are on the head of each of earths nearly 7 billion inhabitants, and knows the contents of every heart.  A God who became flesh and entered a world that was completely contrary to his holy nature; that he might save those who are perishing. The unfathomable peace and joy that one has when they are born of the Spirit and walking close to Jesus. So true are the words of Isaiah: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee.”

And yet, along with this joy, peace, and revelation of our faithful Creator, there is an accompanying element of profound sadness.  An embodiment of understanding that while we are seated in heavenly places, most of our contemporaries are in a much different state. It’s a more complete grasping of the spiritual climate around us which, at times, can be so profound that one is nearly consumed by it. This sorrow is touched on by the following passage, and at the outset, it may appear that I’m taking this verse out of its context. Yet this passage swerves into a truth that, once we understand it, will compel us toward intercession, intervention, and a more sober-minded approach to our remaining time in this theater of atoms.

Ecclesiastes 7:3-4 “Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the heart of myrth.”

This is not something that we think on often and yet, it is an intregal component that will become more pronounced as we mature spiritually. It’s a sorrow concerning that which is lost, or soon will be. A sadness over the blindness that afflicts most of our contemporaries, and the effectiveness of the devices employed by the enemy to keep his captives in bondage. It’s the realization that nearly every ambition is geared toward that which has no eternal significance. And it’s an examining of self that quickly reveals how corrupt we are in comparison to “the Father of lights with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”  Oftentimes in prayerful cogitation, a single question comes forth. “Lord Jesus; do any of us have even a remote understanding as to how serious these things are? We tell ourselves that we understand, and yet, somehow, our lives along with the thrust of our conversation fail to reflect the seriousness that’s demanded of such.”

The late David Wilkerson addressed this issue far more adequately than I’m able to. Tears will fall as one listens to this; A Call to Anguish

Here’s a partial list of areas which, when understood more fully, foster a sorrow to repentance and action.

1. The perishing. A few days ago, a truth was dropped into my heart which took a moment to resonate, but has been the focus of prayer ever since.. It was words to the effect of “nearly everyone that you talk to daily is going to die lost.” The scope of this truth shook me. There are souls in my own household who are not saved. I work in a plant which currently has over 700 employees with much hiring planned over the next several months. There are very few professing Christians there and even fewer who actually strive to discuss eternal issues with others. It demands that we address the question of “what am I doing about it? Am I praying for the lost and continuously seeking opportunities to share Jesus? or am I just doing my own thing and not wanting to be inconvenienced by the need of those who are not prepared to take their final breath?

The foolishness has to stop. (This is a note-to-self) The squandering of large segments of time on issues of no eternal significance has to end. We (I) need to stop following the latest heresay (even if it’s wrapped in christian-speak) and begin seeking the Lord with a fervency that lines up with the tragedies that are playing out. There are people in hell at this very moment who were drinking their morning coffee while catching up on the news just 12 hours ago. When taking into account, how much time I have squandered, and how many opportunities I’ve allowed to slip away. it’s nearly incapacitating. The first step toward remedy is sincere  repentance, followed by a fervent and consistant drawing closer to Jesus. If we abide in him and are obediant, he is faithful to change us from glory to glory and bring us to where we need to be. Please consider the message by David Wilkerson. 

2. The overwhelming blindness of the lost. We hear it in their conversation and see it in their choices. It’s agonizing for three reasons. First, we have been there and remember well what the Lord has delivered us from. Second, we know where that road ends. It’s the same road that we were once travelling down and like those who know not the Lord, we were equally unconcerned about our eternal situation. And third, the wall of deception seems insurmountable at times. To address this, we must walk continuously in the Spirit. The following two passages have, in effect become a continual prayer request regarding a proper approach to the seemingly insurmountable blindness:

Ephesians 6:18-20 (verses 19 and 20 are the focus) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that i may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

Colossians 4:3-4 “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”

Our words must be with power and the must be the right words to a given situation. Our own powerless rationalizing will not suffice. (I Peter 4:11 also comes to mind)

3. Lukewarmness amongst the professing saints. I recently read a post where the term “la la church” was coined.  (Spiritual Abuse sanctuary)  Again, I must refer back to the words of David Wilkerson on this. Most of what we see today are the inventions of men that attempt to compensate for the lack of power. There is a large church north of here. Almost every time I talk to a member from this church, they are quick to tell me how awesome it is. They have this program and that program, and they are about to launch a major building project. There seems to be a concerted effort to “keep people busy and entertained” so that they’ll “feel fulfilled” when some of them may actually be nearing a point of spiritual death. 

4. Diminishing of time. It goes without saying that time is running out. yesterday, time ran out for multitudes and today time will run out for multitudes more. To grasp even a portion of the unfolding tragedy is nearly unbearable. And finally:

5. The end of the age. Each day that arrives, I give God the glory for it; thanking him for another day of continuance. Because we know that a time is fast approaching when the ultimate season of sorrows will be upon us. It will be a time of unparalleled loss and tribulation. Jesus described it like this:

Matthew 24:21-22 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
And except those days were shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elects sake those days shall be shortened.”

In other words, prior to the return of Jesus, the worlds population will drop from 7+ billion…….to nearly zero. No war, no campaign of genocide, no season of anarchy has ever been as horrific as that which is soon to take place. The only cataclysmic event that’s comparable is the great flood; wherein only eight survived. Mens hearts will fail them for fear and the floodgates to hell will be wide open. Very few saints are prepared for what they will soon be faced with. On a side note, it goes without saying that much is being written and talked about concerning the end of days and how it will play out. Some is accurate, some is not accurate, and all of us see a picture in part. Here’s another indicator to watch. When the earths population as a whole begins to decline, we’ll know that the end of the age is at the door. I could be wrong, (I hope I’m wrong) however, once this decline begins, I suspect that it will be like a snowball rolling down a steep hill; gaining momentum with every rotation. 

The intent of this post is not to discourage anyone, but rather, to encourage all of us to draw close to Jesus. To use our remaining time wisely and be about those issues which have eternal ramifications. Two links before I close.

The Prophetic savant (Tentmaker) When a person has much revelation from on high, they will be affected in ways that will make it almost impossible to fit in with their contemporaries. (Even saved contemporaries) This article has fostered much cogitation ever since I first read it about seven years ago.

Forum Shut Down (Watchmans Cry) This article addresses the danger of forums and becomming consumed by endless debatings. Nathan Leal states that if we are spending more time on boards and on the internet than in prayer and studying of the scriptures, something is wrong. This was one of the elements which ultimately resulted in my departure from Facebook. It’s time to be sober-minded and drawing close to Jesus.

I don’t really have time to thoroughly edit this, so I apolagize for any linguistical flaws, repetitious points, grammerical errors, and what have you. I’ll try to clean it up later. Blessings always in Jesus name.

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4 comments

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  2. Great post! This is exactly what has been pressing on my heart. I just found your blog the other day and I’m really enjoying reading your posts. Be blessed in Jesus name. MARANATHA!


  3. Hi watchman73. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your input. I’ll be sure to visit your site either tonight or this weekend; whenever time permits. Contact with like-minded saints is so encouraging and all the more needful as we see the times before us. Blessings in Jesus name.


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