“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, no, not one.” Psalm 14:1-3
Psalm 14 could very well be written about the world today. David describes a place filled with people that deny the presence of God and, as a result of their belief in his absence, turn to a life of selfish pursuit of money, possessions and power at the expense of others, especially the poor. When King David talks about the wealthy and their treatment of the poor he describes them as people “Who eat up my people as they eat bread”.
But even if the ranks of the wealthy have predominately embraced an attitude of predatory selfishness; they’re not the only ones. A great number of those that we would consider to be poor pursue a life of careless idleness sustained by the labors of an ever dwindling pool of contributors.
Many recognize the truth of the situation I’ve just described but their response is to begin a futile campaign of attempts to control the excesses of the rich and the entitlements of the poor. I say that this campaign of reform is futile because it fails to address the heart of the problem, the primary reason why both the rich and the poor are cannibalistically devouring our society.
The main problem is their denial of God.
They feel at liberty to follow the course of action they’ve chosen because they believe that in the absence of any personal divine presence the rewards far out weigh the risks.
Only a return to the knowledge of the presence of a personal, interested, and active God will have any chance of changing the hearts of men. But Bible prophecy tells us that even with a vigorous call to return to God the chance for societal change is nonexistent; we’ve entered the final phase of earth’s experience with sin, one in which God’s interventions will only impact individuals personally; society is on an irreversible course to destruction.
Hope isn’t lost, even if our best attempts at world governance are falling apart, David reminds us that “God is with the generation of the righteous,” and “the Lord is his refuge.” He will be our shelter and protection in the midst of the worlds turmoil. He is our salvation and he will be with us through every trial.
The fool’s heart may say, “There is no God,” but the wise man says in his heart, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…” Psalm 46:1-2