Psalm of the Day: Psalm 89:22-32
Wisdom for the Day: Job 12:1-13
Scripture Reading: Luke 7:31-35
We learn that the hearts of unsaved men are desperately perverse as well as wicked. In sound doctrinal terms they are totally depraved.
Our Lord brings out this lesson in a remarkable comparison describing the generation of men among whom He lived while He was on earth. He compares them to children. He says, that children at play were not more wayward, perverse, and hard to please than the Jews of His day. Nothing would satisfy them. They were always finding fault. Whatever ministry God employed among them, they took exception to it. Whatever messenger God sent among them they were not pleased. It became evident that the Jews were determined to receive no message from God at all. Their pretended objections, were only a cloak to cover over their hatred of God's truth. What they really disliked was, not so much God's ministers as God Himself.
The plain truth is, that the natural heart of man hates God! The carnal mind is enmity against God! It dislikes His law, His Gospel, and His people. We must understand that what we do for God will never satisfy the sinner. But we also must make up our minds to not be just like the world by rejecting God's will, hating other Christians, having a critical spirit, and being a complainer.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, give me a passion for the lost, but help me not to be like them.
Action Plan: Why does the world hate God? Does this war ever make us weak and tired? What verses show us where we can get strength?
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.