PLEASURES…SEASONAL AND PERENNIAL
The pleasures of sin for a season.
At they right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
Moses chose the imperishable. He had his eye on Him who is invisible. No wonder that he did the impossible! Sin’s pleasures are only for a season. “She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.” “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.”
God’s pleasures are perennial. This poor age loves the temporal. It lives from one passing fancy to another. Today’s hit if forgotten tomorrow. Everything is for a season. Its shows, its styles, bear the label “this season.” The man who lives in God is never out of season. “The fashion of this world passeth away,” but he is not of this world.
Do you have the “joy that remains”?
LET IT BEGIN IN ME
If my people…shall humble themselves…then will I…
II Chronicles 7:14
In revival God begins with His own people, and His people begin with themselves… “humble themselves”… “turn from their wicked ways.” It is subjective: they humble themselves and turn from sin. It is objective: they pray and seek God’s face. After David has his joy restored, then he teaches transgressors God’s ways, and sinners are converted. David does not go out visiting prospects and canvassing sinners until he has dealt with himself.
Getting church members busy with other duties in a revival before they themselves have repented defeats the whole purpose of revival. “Search me, O God, and know my heart, try me and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” “Lord, send a revival and let it begin in me” – well, that is where it must begin. Not in absentee church members but in us who are present on Sunday morning and assume that we are all right and so merely make plans to get someone else revived.