What a sad statement for a nation to make, especially a nation chosen by God. How far does a people have to fall before they just give up on their ability to do right. Micah had trouble understanding Israel as well. He wrote, “He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?” (6:8).
They couldn’t do it. We can’t do it either, evidently. Our nation, along with the rest of the world has given up trying to do right. Listen to what Israel replied to God when he asked them to turn from their evil ways and reform their ways and actions, “It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.” (Jeremiah 18:12)
Sound all to familiar to you? It should. Take God out of education, government, commerce and every aspect of life except church. Create false gods of power, money and pleasure. Deny the God who made them and worship the created.
Three things that could change a nation or a world. Be just in all transactions with others. Love doing kind things for others considering them rather than self. Humble oneself in the presence of God, walking with him in unity of thought and plan.
It’s no use. We can’t give up our things. We can’t give up our lives. We can’t give up our power and position. We can’t give up our selfish pleasures. Our hearts are stubborn and we refuse God and his way. We have decided that here and now is more important than the hereafter. A cup of soup in our hand is worth more than a birthright in the future. We live for today and God must wait his turn.
It’s no use. We deny you God. We deny that you exist and that you created us. We deny your love and the death of your son. We count it as nothing in comparison to our present glory. We will continue with our own plans. We will follow our own hearts. Thank you, God, but no thanks.
Where are the people of God? Have they joined the voices of the world? Have we sold out to the world and it’s pleasure? Oh, that the churches in the world today would echo the great words of Paul.
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
We must not say, “It’s no use.” We must walk humbly with God. We must give up self and take on Jesus.