~~ Each to His Own ~~
Each to His Own
"... They have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them;
because when I called, none did answer;
when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes,
and chose that in which I delighted not.”
Isaiah 66: 3-4
"Each to his own ideas.” I think I have heard that statement or one rather like it more times than I care to remember.
Some dear folks do not wish to hear that the Bible states that there is only one way to God, there is only one way to heaven at the end of life’s journey.
Before man sinned he was exactly the kind of person that God created him to be, and that was to be in perfect union with Himself. He bore the very image of God and reflected His very character. God who is Holy and man as he once was enjoyed perfect fellowship together but sin came in the form of disobedience on man’s part to one simple command from God.
All that was lost when Adam disobeyed and took the fruit that had been commanded by God not to eat. Adam’s sin has been passed on down through the generations, even to this present day; but at the very same time so has God’s remedy.
If a holy God has been offended by mere mortal man, it stands to reason that He has the right to stipulate the means by which that communion can be restored.
Back in Adam’s day God provided animal skin to clothe him and his wife - pointing to the fact that a sacrifice had been made, blood had been shed; and this was the grounds by which Adam and Eve were to meet with God from now on. God’s way was on the grounds of shed blood and not by their feeble efforts. They attempted to cover their nakedness with aprons they had made for themselves and they supposed that their own efforts would somehow make them acceptable in His sight. Notice also that it was they who ran away from God and not He who refused to see them!
Mankind has a few ideas of his own about the subject of approaching God and hoping to secure a home in heaven, but his ways are insufficient and will cause him to want to run away and hide from Him in the end. Be assured it is never because God is not seeking a good and happy, full and satisfying relationship with human kind.
“God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."
2 Peter 3: 9
Man’s ways in the form of “isms”; good works, good citizenships or even church attendance are insufficient. God has the absolute right to declare the way and He does. His way is not in the least bit complicated but it does mean agreeing with him about our condition and turning by faith and trusting fully in the One who said:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me”.
John 14: 6.
The way to God isn’t through a religious idea, but through a Man - a real live Person who is alive in heaven today!
When the Lord Jesus had been talking heart to heart with His disciples about where He came from and where He was about to go, they at last understood in a small measure that He was God. He then said to them this remarkable statement:
“Behold the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall all be scattered,
every man to his own, and ye shall leave me alone
and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me”
John 16: 32.
Though the thoughts of mankind had been fragmented and each has their own ideas and opinions about God, this does not excuse them in any way from their responsibility to Him because the Lord Jesus stands alone for time and eternity. He is unique, He is sinless and He is the only One in the history of mankind who has ever had the ability of delighting the very heart of God continually. It is therefore through Him and Him alone and through His sacrifice on the cross as the substitute for our sins that we must come to God. The Lord Jesus Himself said: “the Father is with me” and not another.
Praise be to God that this is so; for He abundantly fulfils the expectations of all those who have abandoned their own way, and put their complete trust in Him. Today if you do so, you will not be disappointed also.
"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
Proverbs 3: 5-6