From the Pastor: Proverbial Texts IV
"No peace for the wicked"|
Properly: "There is no peace for the wicked, says the LORD" Isaiah 48:22
You are enjoying a relaxing break, soaking up leisure time and the sheer
delight of doing nothing. Then comes the call of duty. You notice the
time, or a colleague awakens you, and in resignation you exclaim, "no
peace for the wicked!"
Doubtless you have all experienced that at least once, possibly many
times. Of course, the multitudes of people who use that expression do
not seriously think of themselves as authentically "wicked": imperfect
perhaps, not all that we could be, but not "wicked". Loafing on the job,
telling a few fibs, having a flutter at the casino or the pokies does
not make one "wicked". So runs the general sentiment.
However, what makes one wicked is first of all godlessness. By that
standard ours is a very wicked society. The Bible tells us that the
heart of man, i.e. his inner nature, is more deceitful than anything
else, and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). Surely the experience of our
present century should likewise teach us that human nature has the
potential for the most unspeakable wickedness. At the same time, man has
an equally strong penchant for self-deception and self-excusing. Hence
the heart is "deceitful". Telling people that before God, from whom
nothing is hidden, that they are wicked is the painful duty of the
faithful pastor. For them there is no peace either with God, or from
God, for all eternity.
But there is a way out - only one. The same LORD has provided a Saviour
who can bring any trusting person into that state of peace. No matter
what your past, a wicked person who repents and believes on the Saviour
has peace forever.