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Dry Wood

By Watchman | April 25, 2011

And a great multitude of the people followed Him, and women who also mourned and lamented Him.  But Jesus, turning to them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.  For indeed the days are coming in which they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren wombs that never bore, and breasts which never nursed! ‘  Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’  For if they do these things in the green wood, what will be done in the dry?”  (Luke 23:28-31)

     I read an interesting post the other day by a man who announced that God is passe; that He and His word belonged only to a time in which people who had no knowledge of science needed a way to explain the unexplainable.  This man was not alone in voicing this opinion.  Even many who call themselves Christians today do not believe the Scriptures to be the inerrant and unchangeable word of God.  For many centuries, these opinions belonged mostly to those who prided themselves on their “intellectualism”; now they are commonplace to the yawning point.  Often in the centuries following Christ’s death and resurrection, while the wood was still green, even those who didn’t turn their hearts over to Him acknowledged that the precepts given to us by the Father in the Old Testament and by Jesus in the New Testament were necessary for decent living.  Now we are in a time in which it has been determined that we are in charge of our own destinies; that believing in God is a private indulgence and believing in His word a foolishness that must not be inflicted on others.  Putting forth the precepts given us by God as the righteous way to live is now considered to be hate speech, and those who would suggest following His commandments are branded as intolerant “haters”.      Brothers and sisters, the wood is now so dry that a simple spark could ignite a conflagration. 

     When the wood of our souls grows dry,  Jesus’ name–which is the Name  above all names and who is the Lord of creation and of all the universe, may be blasphemed while the names of the false, demonic gods must be protected from ridicule.  While we pray for the spiritual eyes of the Muslim, Hindu, and other pagan worshippers to be opened to the love of their true Savior, we face charges of bigotry and hatred.  The Name of our precious Lord becomes a joke and a profanity on our television programs, our books, our movies, and even in our own homes.  The wood is very dry.

     When the wood is dry, human life becomes of little importance.  Husbands and lovers kill their women; women kill their children; abortion becomes a common occurance;  Children harm each other and themselves because they have been taught that they themselves, rather than God, are the center of the universe.  Terrorist activities escalate as the desire to triumph over the people of the One, true and most holy God grows most desperate. 

     When the wood is dry, evil becomes good, and good evil.  Homosexuality abounds as this lifestyle, condemned by God, is romanticized and regularized by a people who cannot believe in a God who will not allow sexual deviance amongst His people.  All sexual immorality flourishes since there is little belief in heaven or hell.  Whatever one is inclined to do must be good; only calling evil by its name is truly evil. 

     When the wood is dry, even those who call themselves children of God can be indifferent to the suffering of others. They can embrace the evil surrounding them and promote it while they walk in darkness, supposedly in the name of Christ.  They can drink of the cup of demons as they claim the Blood of Jesus.  They can make idols of money, status and authority while giving lip-service to the goodness of God.

     When the wood is dry, we can watch God’s warning signs come upon us in the form of natural disasters, economic crises, social devastation; and call them scientific anomalies.  We can hear the word of God and dismiss it as a fairy tale while we can believe in the science fantasy world of Star Trek. 

     When the wood is dry, we can watch with indifference as our Christian and Jewish brothers and sisters are threatened, slaughtered, ridiculed and enslaved around the world while we preach the need to embrace all paths to God.   We pray to Him in secret and openly declare that He has no authority in our nations.  Yes, the wood is very dry indeed.

     Many of us who love Him have been in crisis over the last few years: physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Often we feel as though we are barely keeping our heads above water, trying to survive in a world that is rapidly turning its collective back on the One whom we love the most.  Take heart, my friends!  God is not asleep;  He has not left us, nor has He taken His Holy Spirit from us.  All of these signs of spiritual dry wood are part of the birth pangs that we must go through before His coming again.  If you are not yet sure if you are a believer, please take the time right this minute to hand over your life to our Lord Jesus.  There is little time left in which to make the decision, and as the wood grows dryer still, hearts will begin to close up even more and harden against the most high God.  Repent of your sins and call upon His name; receive His forgiveness and everlasting life.  If you are a believer who is in distress, know that you are not alone.  Your Savior has promised to stay with you through the storm and deliver you safely at the other end.  There are many of us sharing your pain and your frustration.  No matter what happens in the near future, do not be afraid to speak the name of the Lord openly and with praise and love.  There are still those who need to hear about the truth of His love for us and the redemptive plan He made for our salvation–who knows?  Your words may be the last witness someone you know needs to hear before the Holy Spirit can lead him to Christ!  It’s time to be looking heavenward.  The wood is dry, but the word of God is fresh and unchangeable–and He said that when we see these things coming to pass, we should look up, for our redemption draws near!

Maranatha!

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