Day 5 - People Need the Lord
Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. (Genesis 3:7)
The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope... (Romans 8:20)
God is merciful in not striking us down for our sin right away. Instead, the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost. Let us worship God for the mercy He has shown us despite our sin, and for His patience with a sinful world.
Like Isaiah, we dwell amongst a people of unclean lips, and people who need the Lord. Like Adam and Eve, we know that we’re sinful and naked before God. Like them, we often try to conceal our guilt and shame from ourselves and from around us by making “fig leaves” and coming up with ways to ‘save ourselves’. But God sees us for what we are. He sees our outward actions and the inward thoughts. The Bible says that in our fallen nature, we are sinful all the time. The Anglican Book of Common Prayer says that “there is no health in us”. The best of our intentions are tainted filthy rags, and we cannot attain righteousness on our own.
Our world is lost without Jesus, and groaning from the effects of God’s curse on sin in Genesis 3. Can’t you see it in the news? Broken relationships, deep hatred and bitter racism are everywhere. We see it when our loved ones go through illness and face death; or when we see natural disaster – nature in rebellion against mankind. The experiences of cosmic disorder remind us of our deep brokenness and need for a Saviour. People really do need the Lord.
- Is God convicting you of a particular sin area in your life right now? How should you respond?
- Think over the needs of our world today. Spend time praying for what you see in the news, and for God to intervene in mercy.
Gracious and merciful Lord, I praise You for Your perfect patience with me. In contrast to a world that is so confused and lost, You are constant, pure, and holy. Open my eyes to the ways in which I am utterly sinful. Help me be humble and teachable when You show me my sin. Make me feel an urgent need to rely on Your Son Jesus Christ and His saving work on the cross every day. I want to lean on nothing else but Christ! Have mercy on a broken world, O God. We need you desperately. In His name, Amen.
- Our church that we would model lives of utter reliance on God for all things.
- A specific colleague, friend, or family member to become convicted of their sin and see their need for Christ.
- The church’s Evangelism Ministry to help GBC reach out to others who are lost without Christ