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September 23rd, 2015

The Wicked Act Wickedly

“Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand.” Daniel 12:10 (ESV)

The book of Daniel, at least in the 2nd, more apocalyptic part, seeks to affirm in the people of God both at the time of writing and today the sovereignty of  God in difficult circumstances. For those who are righteous, who seek out the activity of God in the events of human history, the hand of God will be evidenced. Even when seemingly difficult to see, we as the people of God must trust that He is there and that He is at work. The unrighteous, or wicked in this case, however, do not have the luxury of acknowledging the hand of God in difficult circumstances because they do not readily acknowledge Him in any circumstance. They choose to seek their own path and in so doing bring destruction upon themselves, which is truly all they know how to do.

As the people of God, we must live in this tension of knowledge today. On the one hand, we are aware of God’s blessing, our eyes having been opened by the gospel of Jesus Christ, and seek to find that blessing in any circumstance. The possible frustration for us, however, is found in those who do not know the Lord who act in wicked ways, as their nature leads them to do. We may want to force them into seeing the Lord through loud preaching or “Bible brow-beating,” but we must not! We must remember that the wicked act wickedly in any circumstance because they do not know the hope of Christ. We must not presume upon the ungoldy godliness. Rather, we must continue to proclaim the gospel and let the transforming work of the Holy Spirit lead them to a place where the revelation of God gives them hope and calls them to obedience. May we not forget as God’s people to be a gracious people to those who do not know Him, for we were once blinded to the beauty of our Lord.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Daniel, Grace, Wicked.
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September 23rd, 2012

The Wicked Shall Act Wickedly.

“Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be refined, but the wicked shall act wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but those who are wise shall understand.” Daniel 12:10 (ESV)

The book of Daniel, at least in the 2nd, more apocalyptic part, seeks to affirm in the people of God both at the time of writing and today the sovereignty of  God in difficult circumstances. For those who are righteous, who seek out the activity of God in the events of human history, the hand of God will be evidenced. Even when seemingly difficult to see, we as the people of God must trust that He is there and that He is at work. The unrighteous, or wicked in this case, however, do not have the luxury of acknowledging the hand of God in difficult circumstances because they do not readily acknowledge Him in any circumstance. They choose to seek their own path and in so doing bring destruction upon themselves, which is truly all they know how to do.

As the people of God, we must live in this tension of knowledge today. On the one hand, we are aware of God’s blessing, our eyes having been opened by the gospel of Jesus Christ, and seek to find that blessing in any circumstance. The possible frustration for us, however, is found in those who do not know the Lord who act in wicked ways, as their nature leads them to do. We may want to force them into seeing the Lord through loud preaching or “Bible brow-beating,” but we must not! We must remember that the wicked act wickedly in any circumstance because they do not know the hope of Christ. We must not presume upon the ungoldy godliness. Rather, we must continue to proclaim the gospel and let the transforming work of the Holy Spirit lead them to a place where the revelation of God gives them hope and calls them to obedience. May we not forget as God’s people to be a gracious people to those who do not know Him, for we were once blinded to the beauty of our Lord.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 259:  Daniel 10-12)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

 

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Daniel, Grace, Wicked.
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