The Broad Way Leads to Destruction
God changes rivers into a wilderness and springs of water into a thirsty ground; a fruitful land into a salt waste, because of the wickedness of those who dwell in it. (Psalm 107:33-34). America has lost more than our innocence. We have lost our moral compass, our focus on the principles of God for a nation….we have lost our very soul. Today, what was once the envy of the nations is a country filled with racial hatred, violence, disrespect for authority, and the public display of sin without an ounce of shame! God is no longer someone we know personally. His name is our profanity, our slang, and an expression used for joy, sorrow, or shock with the preface “Oh my…”. There is a judgment. It is surely coming on all who disregard God’s warnings. Do not think God is dead or unobservant. He is not slack concerning His promises. We may have moved and changed, but God, the Righteous Judge is ever the same.
Reading from history verifies how far we have fallen. This illustration is from many years ago, however, the incident is vouched for by a clergyman who knew all the circumstances.
A young woman, who had been brought up in a Christian home and who had often had very serious convictions in regard to the importance of coming to Christ, chose instead to take the way of the world. Much against the wishes of her godly mother, she insisted on keeping company with a wild, hilarious crowd, who lived only for the passing moment and tried to forget the things of eternity. Again and again friends and family pleaded with her to turn to Christ, but she persistently refused to heed the admonitions.
Finally, she was taken with a very serious illness. All that medical science could do for her was done in order to bring about her recovery. It soon became evident that the case was hopeless and death was staring her in the face. Still she was hard and obdurate when urged to turn to God in repentance, admit her situation as a lost sinner, and trust the lost sinner’s Savior, Jesus.
One night she awoke suddenly out of a sound sleep, a frightened look in her eyes, and asked excitedly, “Mother, what is Ezekiel 7:8-9?” Her mother said, “What do you mean, my dear?”
She replied that she had had a most vivid dream. She thought there was a Presence in the room, who very solemnly said to her, “Read Ezekiel 7:8-9.” Neither she nor her mother knew those verses, but the woman was adamant that she must see what those verses were. Her mother reached for a Bible. As she opened it, the mother’s heart sank as she saw the words. Tearfully, she read them aloud to her dying daughter:
” I am about to pour out my wrath on you and spend my anger against you. I will judge you according to your conduct and repay you for all your detestable practices. 9 I will not look on you with pity; I will not spare you. I will repay you for your conduct and for the detestable practices among you. “‘Then you will know that it is I the Lord who strikes you.
The poor woman, with a look of horror on her face, sank back on the pillow, utterly exhausted, and in a few moments she was in eternity. Once more it had been demonstrated that grace rejected brings judgment at last. Who do you know that needs to be saved but who have turned their back on the things of God because they “loved this present world too much”? (Copied from H.A. Ironside, Illustrations of Bible Truth, Moody Press, 1945, pp. 31-32).