The Same

more-of-the-same“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! … they have rejected the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 5:20-21, 24)

Okay, hold on a minute, did we lose 2700 years somewhere? I know those words were written that long ago, but surely they are a spot on description of our current world.

“In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Jud 21:25) Hey, what happened to the last 3000 plus years? Here are more words from three millennia past that paint a perfect picture of our contemporary world.

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of men was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Gen 6:5) Okay, get us out of this time machine – we’re like 6,000 years or so since Noah and his culture unmistakably reflects the direction we are heading in our present world.

King Solomon hit the nail on the head – “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what is done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” (Eccl 1:9)

From the beginning to now and beyond, man’s depraved heart is indeed the same. The sons of men have not changed since Adam and will not until after the final rebellion. (See Rev 20:7-10) The footprints of fallen man are the same. There is no evolvement as some suggest – just sameness.

Overarching the treadmill existence of humanity is One who also does not change. The Lord spoke to habitually wayward Israel: “For I am the Lord, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return you…” (Mal 3:7)

The great Redeemer is always seeking to redeem. He called out to Adam, “Where are you?” (Gen 3:9) The great Hound of Heaven has never ceased to pursue and endeavor to reconcile every soul unto Himself.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Heb 13:8) And God be praised – His steadfast truth is the same. His agape love is the same. His deep well of mercy is the same. His marvelous gift of grace is the same. His great offer of salvation is the same. His awesome work of redemption is the same.

He calls out today, “Where are you?”

And indeed, where are you? Do you call evil good and good evil? Do you do what is right in your own eyes? Do you continually permit your heart to follow the ways of evil? Stop! Today return to God and be reconciled to Him. He will make you a new creation in Christ; old things will pass away; all things will become new. (See 2 Cor 5:12-21)

And I promise you will never be the same.

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