Wisdom Sticks with God—No Matter What
Have you ever been in a situation where someone who is supposed to be living as a Christian messes up? Maybe they sin grievously. Perhaps in the process they hurt you and/or others. We can probably all recount such situations. Since Satan always tries to capture us, this shouldn’t really surprise us. The church is (and always will be) filled with imperfect people—of which I am one.
I have watched wonderful Christians stay devoted to God for many years, following his Word and living life in a way that pleases him.Then, in later years I’ve seen those same individuals decide that sin is too compelling, or his Word is too narrow. They leave the Lord, neglecting his words, and his love. There are few things more painful than watching someone slip away. Over the years that I’ve been a Christian I’ve seen such situations all too often.
Someone else’s (especially someone we love and respect) response to God and his word can challenge our faith—or strengthen it. Often times the one wandering still claims to be okay with God. Such hypocrisy leaves a trail. It can tempt us to respond in unrighteous ways. It can hurt our view of God, embitter us, or cause us to think if “they” can’t do it…why should I think I can. Or, we can rationalize that another’s action gives us an excuse to follow suit. On the other hand, another’s actions can strengthen our convictions about what is true and right.
Wyndham has viewed such difficult situations by simply holding to the Scriptures. His responses have helped and strengthened me. He has often referred to the powerful scripture from Romans 3:3-4.
What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness?
Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar.
Wisdom knows that God is true—no matter what anyone else does. Wisdom knows that what God says is true, no matter what anyone else says, or thinks.
It can be tempting to let ourselves off the hook when someone else does wrong. We can think another’s sin means it no longer matters how I live before God.
Am I still called to forgive?
Am I still called to be a functioning, devoted disciple of Jesus?
Am I still to live a life of purity?
Does God still believe that the church is his plan for spiritual family, and that my involvement in it is vital?
The answer to each of these questions is a resounding “yes.”
God is always true no matter what anyone else does.
His word is still true.
His plan is still true.
I love this fact, because I can always count on God. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is not dependent on anyone or anything.
I love this because no one else can make my decisions about God and his word for me.
One of my favorite poems (by Mother Teresa) entitled “Anyway,” depicts our temptation to quit or to rationalize because of another’s actions, thoughts, or words. The last stanza reads:
“In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
Wisdom knows that God is true, no matter what.