The world can’t hate you
But it does hate me
Because I keep telling it
How wicked its ways are.
-John 7:7 (Jewish New Testament)
Every generation has its own measure of wickedness, and every generation has people who will not admit their part in wickedness. Many people also believe that wickedness only exists in particular forms – murder, torture, rape, war crimes, etc. However, the wickedness that Yeshua addressed was very particular, and is at the root of all acts of wickedness – not trusting God.
Yeshua addressed the true depth of the problem of the lack of trust in God when he said, “If I am not doing deeds that reflect my Father’s power, don’t trust me. But if I am, then, even if you don’t trust me, trust the deeds . . .” (John 10:37). What a scathing rebuke this is to all those who say, like those of Yeshua’s day, that only following certain prescribed rituals or hanging out with certain groups of like-minded individuals will save the day, or one’s soul! And even beyond this, and difficult for many to accept, Yeshua does not insist on pointing to himself as the one and only to trust – he did the deeds of his Father and he points to Him as the one to trust.
Paul too reminds his readers about God’s deeds and the root of humanity’s problem:
For ever since the creation of the universe his invisible qualities – both his eternal power and his divine nature – have been clearly seen, because they can be understood from what he has made. Therefore, they have no excuse; because, although they know who God is, they do not glorify him as God or thank him. (Romans 1:20-21a)
Everything boils down to trusting God. Those who don’t trust God are those who are out to satisfy their own desires at any cost – and therein lies wickedness of every kind.
Trust God to meet your needs. Trust God to fulfill the true desires of your heart. Trust God . . . .
The Lord is coming!