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Restore our fortunes!

April 19, 2011

Your prophets have seen for you false and deceptive visions; they have not exposed your iniquity to restore your fortunes.  Lamentations 2:14

We should absolutely praise God if we are in a fellowship of believers where our iniquity is exposed.  We must be joyful when our ugliness is revealed.  For it is then, and only then, that we can truly be healed. 

Our sins have afflicted us.  Our eyes are spent with weeping, and our heads are bowed to the ground under the grievous weight of their wages.  Sin has torn us asunder in body and spirit and causes us to worship at altars that are not the Lord’s.  We deceive ourselves into thinking the sacrifices we make there are good and true, that the voice we hear in our heads is our Father’s, and that our ways are God’s ways.  We, creatures, have lifted ourselves above the Creator, and we faint like wounded men in the streets as a result.  Sometimes, the glitter and shine of jewels, chrome, and worldly gain make us believe this is not so.  We see ourselves as healthy, and we welcome any voice who will convince us it is so.  We walk with our heads up.  Our phylacteries are broad and our fringes are long.  Our lawns are cut, and our retirement account is growing.  But there is a stench we cannot suppress.  There is a rotting corruption we must ignore if we are to continue. 

That is why the Word must be preached.  That is why God’s law must be juxtaposed uncomfortably with our life as it is preached from the pulpit.  When pastors do not expose the iniquity of those in their care, there is no way to restore the fortune of the fellowship that was lost in the Garden.  There is then no reparation for what is broken, no comfort for the wounded, and no relief for the oppressed.  The broken, wounded, and oppressed MUST know they are so. 

But, once our sins are ugly and vile in plain sight, we have to have something to fix them.  What a vicious thing to bring someone under conviction for their sins and their absolute offense against God if he or she is not then brought to the Cross, the place where all fortunes are reversed.  It is here that the Savior died so men might live, here where the Father’s wrath is spent, not on his wicked and wayward children, but on his only begotten Son.  The great physician is made utterly sick so that his people can be healed. 

Let us joyfully embrace the flesh-tearing and heart-rending exposure of sin in the preaching of God’s word.  Let us then embrace Jesus at the Cross, the victory there over every soul-destroying sin that Satan could throw in our face.  It is finished, he has said, and finished it is.  Let us rejoice when that truth is proclaimed and our fortunes are restored.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Alexis permalink
    April 19, 2011 6:22 pm

    Amen! Amen! Amen!
    “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” ~ James 5:16
    “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” ~ I John 1:9

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