November 20th, 2010
Dealing with sinners is a tough business. The prophet Habakkuk strikes the balance for us. He pleads for God to remember mercy in the midst of His wrath. We, too, should pray for mercy.
In 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached his famous sermon entitled “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” The sermon was so powerfully delivered that people fainted on the spot. Edwards left little to the imagination. People could believe in the wrath of God. Over the years, we have mellowed that message, but we must not abandon the truth of God’s wrath. It will come as He has promised. Until it does, we should always ask Him for mercy.
When we see people around us ignore the truth of the gospel, pray that the Church can be an effective witness; the Holy Spirit will convict their hearts; and that God will be merciful to those still in rebellion.