The Power of Human Will

In the middle chapters of the book of Revelation we see God’s judgment being poured out on the earth in a series of disasters. In Revelation chapter 9 we have the judgment of the sixth trumpet. That judgment results in a third of mankind being killed. Then we read this in verses 20-21: 20 But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts. 

Really? After a third of mankind is destroyed by what is obviously a supernatural judgment, the rest of mankind still rebels against God? Wouldn’t you think that such a show of force and power would cower any remaining person? But we’ve all seen people who we thought, after facing incredibly harsh circumstances and suffering, would turn to God, and yet they don’t. I have come to believe that the hardest thing to crush is the human will of rebellion against God. All of the external suffering has little power to crush the human will. We want to get revenge or we want to recover on our own. “Who needs God?” is the cry of the human will. It is wise for each of us to know the power of our own will and daily place that will under the authority of Jesus Christ. As followers of Jesus we have given that will over to Him but I know that in my life, a daily reminder, sometimes multiple reminders, are needed to keep my will from rearing its very ugly head!

Today, what part of your “will” remains unyielded to God?  Bend that will toward Him this morning.


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