Desensitized Into Hell
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk uprightly;” Proverbs 2:6-7 A shield from what? What does the wisdom of God shield the upright from?
It shields them from those who do not have wisdom. It keeps them from the sins of the world. The world considers itself “wise,” but the world is FAR from wise, infinitely far, indeed the principles of the world are actually foolishness. “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.” 1st Corinthians 3:19 The entire world-view of those “in the world” is in total opposition to the wisdom of God. It’s always been the case, but the condition of the world in these last days is more obvious, more blatant. The world calls evil good, and good evil, in direct opposition to the wisdom of God. The world has become as savages parading their insanity before all in defiance of God’s Word, and to the vexation of the upright. “…and delivered righteous Lot, who was VEXED BY THE FILTHY CONDUCT OF THE WICKED, for that righteous man, dwelling among them, VEXED his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds…” 2nd Peter 2:7-8 Yes, true believers are vexed and greatly so, being forced to live within a society driven by Satan whom it serves, Satan who is "the god of this world" (2nd Corinthians 4:4). That Satan is the god of this world is beyond obvious. Look at the world! Believers are heavy with vexation and distress over what has taken over the world they live in, and there seems to be no end to the depravity of that world. God help us. And he WILL help us. He has come to: “…to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things, from those who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness; who rejoice in doing evil, and delight in the perversion of the wicked;” Proverbs 2:12-14 It's exactly what we see on our television screens daily, the rejoicing in the perversion of the wicked as they girate and act out their wickedness for all to see, proud of what they are doing, they don't even blush. "They were not at all ashamed; nor did they know how to blush." Jeremiah 6:15 Living in the world can cause a desensitizing that one must be careful of. Sins that were the talk of the day 25 years ago now seem ok because we have been DESENSITIZED to them. 25 years ago “living together” was condemned as the evil that it is - but now, 25 years later hardly anyone is offended by it. 25 years ago alcoholism was hated but now, 25 years later addicts are addicted to drugs far worse, deadly drugs bringing death and destruction in the lives of those who go that way. Is living together less of a sin now? Is perversion less of a sin now? No. They just SEEM less in light of the far worse evils in our world today. So we’ve been desensitized. If ever there was a time when believers needed the wisdom of God it’s now. Anyone not abiding in the vine, which is the Word of God, is going to die of spiritual malnourishment under the pressures of the depravity we are forced to live with, as these depravities yield to greater and darker wickedness than before. The darker it gets the more mild the previous sins seem. Brothers and sisters, this should not be so. Do not become desensitized by the advancement of evil. Feed on the Word of God daily, for that is the only protection, the only shield that can successfully protect us. "Your Word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path." Psalm 119:105 The Word is a lamp, not a beacon. It gives us enough light to take the next step. “…so you may walk in the way of goodness, and keep to the paths of righteousness.” Proverbs 2:20 How difficult it is in today’s society to stand in that way of righteousness. As you seek to “keep to the paths of righteousness,” notice the word is “paths,” not highways. The world is marching on the highways of wickedness. Stay very close to the Lord and be in his Word daily, that you might not stumble on the path and fall onto the highway. It is a highway to hell. “…wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are MANY who go in by it. Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are FEW who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14