ARE WE HYPOCRITES OR NOT?
Isaiah 57:10, "You were wearied with the length of your way, but you did not say it is hopeless..." There was a Preacher walking the streets of Detroit when he came upon a group of boys surrounding a stray dog. They were "spinning yarns" and the next lie was greater than the one before. The Preacher asked what they were doing, and they replied; we all want to take this dog home with us and we decided whoever told the biggest lie could have the dog. The Preacher was astonished that they would do this. He said, to lie is wrong; why when I was your age "I never told a lie! At hearing this the smallest of the group, picked up the dog, handed it to the Preacher and said, "you win"! How many times do we continue to pursue wealth, ambition and selfishness for the temporal happiness we think we can achieve on our own? When it doesn't give us the permanence we seek, we continue trying to find true happiness with our own efforts which fail miserably. Only after we have tried everything do we come to GOD broken and contrite. Then we find permanent JOY in HIS way and HIS Blessings. So are we hypocrites with all of our failures? Perhaps Saints are sinners who keep on going. King David committed many sins but was a "man after GOD'S own heart; Peter was forgiven much and was able to preach boldly; and Paul persecuted Christians and yet he preached the truth. Perhaps those who judged them as hypocrites should have seen that they too were "sinners" not hypocrites on their way to eternity with our LORD JESUS CHRIST. The next time you want to quit it is because the world becomes all gloom and disappointment. Remember, you are just wanting more and that is when we turn to GOD. There is nothing that compares to the eternal friendship with GOD, then the Blessings of salvation are sought with a full heart.
Psalm 139: 23-24
GOD IS GOD!
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