The Only Safe Place Is A Place Of Hu­mil­ity & Call­ing On God

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - CHURCH - Ron Wood Colum­nist

God judges rightly. He is al­ways just. He looks at the to­tal­ity of our life, not just one thing. Know­ing how The Judge op­er­ates doesn’t lessen the of­fense of any woman’s abuse. Sin has painful con­se­quences.

Yes, many men have mis­treated many women hor­ri­bly. Think Har­vey We­in­stein or Bill Clin­ton. Power over an­other per­son ought never be used to abuse that per­son. God hates op­pres­sion.

If Ka­vanaugh acted like a fool in his youth, he turned around and mended his ways. He has been an out­stand­ing hus­band, fa­ther, cit­i­zen, and ju­rist; re­spected by all who know him.

Two cases come to mind for how some­one can change, then live an ex­em­plary life.

The first is David. He sinned with Bathsheba. He cov­eted a man’s wife and had him killed. He con­tritely con­fessed his sin in Psalms 51. Yet God’s call­ing to be king did not lift from David.

The next is Paul. He was a zealot for the Law, ter­ror­iz­ing the church. Af­ter he met the risen Je­sus, he re­pented and re­ceived mercy. He said his sins were done ig­no­rantly, in un­be­lief. He be­came the apos­tle of grace.

The fact is, Je­sus saves all who call on Him. But there are sea­sons when God ex­poses sin. In the day of judg­ment, don’t be judg­ing oth­ers. Sow­ing and reap­ing ap­plies. Keep your head down; be hon­est, be hum­ble, be truth­ful.

Have you been watch­ing the news? God is ex­pos­ing cor­rup­tion con­cealed in many venues: govern­ment, en­ter­tain­ment, church. The only safe place is a place of hu­mil­ity, not re­ly­ing on your own good­ness, but call­ing on Him. He has the fi­nal ver­dict. Noth­ing es­capes him.

I’m pray­ing for Judge Ka­vanaugh us­ing Psalms 35. This amaz­ing prayer was by a man be­ing vi­ciously ac­cused. Read these verses and pray them with me.

“To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in You I trust. Do not let me be ashamed; do not let my en­e­mies ex­ult over me. In­deed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed. Those who deal treach­er­ously with­out cause will be ashamed. Make me know Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my sal­va­tion; for You I wait all the day. Re­mem­ber, O Lord, Your com­pas­sion and Your lov­ing kind­nesses, for they have been from of old. Do not re­mem­ber the sins of my youth or my trans­gres­sions; ac­cord­ing to Your lov­ingkind­ness re­mem­ber me, for Your good­ness’ sake, O Lord.” (Psalms 35:1-7, NASB)

If God re­vis­ited our youth­ful trans­gres­sions, who among us could stand? Thank­fully, his mer­cies are new ev­ery morn­ing.

I be­lieve Dr. Ford has an in­jured soul. I do pray for her, that she will find healing and so­lace. Peo­ple don’t un­der­stand how sins that we com­mit (or sins com­mit­ted against us) leave emo­tional scars. In ei­ther case, peace is found in for­giv­ing and be­ing for­given, and by ob­tain­ing grace from God.

The two sides of the key that un­lock God’s mercy for us are re­pen­tance and faith - re­pen­tance to­ward God (who has the right to set stan­dards and hold us ac­count­able), and faith in the Lord Je­sus Christ (who, based on His lov­ing sacri­fice for us, is our source of real right­eous­ness).

Sin­ners need to re­pent, both frat boys in col­lege and women at­tend­ing drink­ing par­ties with them. Both the ac­cused and their ac­cusers (whether ly­ing or not) need their dam­aged souls re­stored. I know Some­one who spe­cial­izes in that. We all need His sav­ing power.

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