What Could Be Worse Than An Eternity Of Regret?
"Yet they say to God, ‘Depart from us, for we do not desire the knowledge of your ways. Who is the Almighty, that we should serve him? And what profit do we have if we pray to him?’" Job 21:14-15 The epitome of foolishness is the attitude that says that I will order my life according to my own goals, and he who created me has nothing to do with my life now. How can a man think that he can better order his life than the one who gave it? This is the ultimate insult that a person can have before God. If a person rejects God, this attitude says that his own wisdom and abilities are greater than the wisdom of God. This is the very essence of pride. Did not Satan fall by this very thing? Notice closely the "I wills" that caused his fall: “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit." Isaiah 14:12-15 Some of the most lethal words in our language are these: "I will." The Creator knows us intimately. Indeed, Jesus knows how many hairs are on one's head. He is the author of each one's very DNA, that one element that makes every human being unique. Therefore, how insulting to reject his presence and his guidance in one's life. It will never, EVER, turn out well for such person, though it may seem to for awhile. Defiance against God is a very dangerous thing and it leads many to perdition. "For the wicked are reserved for the day of doom; they shall be brought out on the day of wrath." Job 21:30 Most people, when they hear the word "wicked," envisage a murderer, a rapist, a thief; but the greatest wickedness is the turning of the back to the Creator, the insistence on living life "my way." Such a one will reach a very sad end – and a very sad eternity. God has given to mankind free will and he will not force anyone to surrender to him. It's our choice. He is the God of love, the God of wisdom, the God of mercy - yet men choose the way of wickedness, and if that's their choice, he lets them go. Let no one think that he can serve himself and his pride and then go with Jesus when he dies. If he rejects Christ now, he will be rejected by Him later. What could be worse than an eternity of regret?