Scoffers

Scoffers

(1) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. (2) But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. (3) And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (4) The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. (5) Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. (6) For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Psalms 1:1-6

Some people get a kick out of meanness. They enjoy trying to spoil the faith and trust that others have in God. They have nothing good in their lives, so they wish to ruin what others have. I don’t think it makes them feel better; I think it is just a bad habit.

 

I also think some of them are jealous; they don’t have any faith, so they don’t want anyone else to have it. Kind of like the dog in the manger of Aesop’s fables, the dog can’t eat the hay, but it won’t let the cattle near it either.

 

God says that scoffers will not stand in the judgment. Can you think for a moment what that must be like?

 

A dear friend of mine has been teaching on the Revelation, and she has talked quite a bit about the idea that no matter how many chances God gives to man to repent of doing evil, there are many who will still shake their fists at God all the way to their destruction. It hurts my heart to see people in this position. It makes me sad.

 

However, I must be firm with them when they approach me to vomit their gullets all over me. Sometimes I have to rebuke them, but I pray for their souls. As I said a while back, I wouldn’t want even my worst enemy to go to Hell; so, I certainly would not wish that for a complete stranger.

 

This has nothing to do with condemning someone because they don’t believe “like I do.” That is a shallow misunderstanding that can only be applied by transference of some pet rant on religion. It has to do with the fact that people who do not LOVE God, or BELIEVE in God, or people who HATE God, would not wish to spend ETERNITY with God. Pretty simple, but apparently the fact gets overlooked quite often.

 

Think about it this way: if you were born to one family, but got put into foster care early in life due to an accidental separation at birth, you might wish to know your biological parents. Through no fault of their own, the parents have lost their child – you – and they are seeking all legal means to locate you and to get you back. But suppose you have heard bad things about your birth parents: they hated you, they didn’t love you, they purposely put you in foster care so they wouldn’t have to care for you, they have too many other children to care about you – and on and on it could go, though not a single one of these guesses would be fact. Eventually you would have to make a decision whether or not you wanted to find out the truth for yourself. Would you try to meet your birth parents and give them a chance to show you the truth? Or would you listen to the lies of strangers?

 

It’s pretty much that way with learning about God. Many people lie about Him. Many hate Him, and seem to be missionaries of hatred: trying to get you to see Him in the worst possible way, when in truth all He is doing is loving you and providing you with every possible opportunity to get to know who He really is – and not through the eyes of some jaded mocker. He loves you, no matter what the scoffers say. Won’t you try Him and see for yourself?

 

Pastora Covert

August 26, 2006

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