Fruit of darkness

When we are being targeted by wicked people, we have a hard time waiting for the Lord to rescue.

Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel? When the Lord restores his people, Jacob will shout with joy …

Psalm14:7

Out of nowhere, the Lord comes to rescue his people. In relief there is great rejoicing. Yet, who is the Lord saving from?

The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt.

Psalm 14:2-3

Everyone is included. We too are abusers from whom the Lord needs to save. So, maybe we can be grateful that he is so patient with the abusers!

The start of corruption is significant: our turning away from the Lord-though only slightly. When facing him, we receive from him. When away from him, we are filled with darkness which brings corruption, and bares its fruit as we fail to do good.

They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to the Lord.

Psalm 14:4

People who turn from the Lord find their nourishment consuming God’s people. Rather than go to Jesus, who promises to feed us. When darkness finds lodging in us, our greed drives us to take the life giving gifts entrusted to others.

Terror will grip them, for God is with those who obey him.

Psalm 14:5

The outcome of allowing the fruit of darkness to be expressed is tragic.

Dealing with corruption

God sees corruption throughout the world, even among his people.

God looks down from heaven … to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God.
But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. Psalm 53:2-3

The source of corruption is our turning from God. Our hearts become fixed on something that is not God. These may be neutral, but lack the renewing power of God. In neglecting the source of life we become corrupted.

People react to corruption by distancing from sources of corruption, but Jesus ate and drank with sinners. Corruption is overcome through knowing and being with God.

Will those who do evil never learn?  They eat up my people like bread and wouldn’t think of praying to God. Psalm 53:4

Corruption is lived out in the way we treat people. We have needs and use people to fulfil them rather than depending on God in prayer. In this way we consume God’s people.

Terror will grip them, … You will put them to shame, for God has rejected them. Psalm 53:5

The outcome of this abuse of people created by God is both terror and shame, an end that all of us deserve.

When God restores his people, Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice. Psalm 53:6

Thankfully God rescues us – both from ourselves and others. When others are oppressing us, who can say their hands are clean? His rescue, through Jesus’ sacrifice, brings shouts of joy instead of our deserved terror and shame.

For a fuller study – God deals with corruption

Source of influence

If we spend time with God we are filled with his light. That light spreads to the dark corners of our souls. Hidden areas will be exposed to God’s light. We will be obliged to choose between darkness and light. Do we believe the light and allow God’s truth to hold sway in our lives, or do we cling to the darkness of illicit pleasures?

 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness. Luke 11:34

The eye receives light whereas a lamp gives light. Jesus says the eye illuminates the inner person. It is a lamp that shines within.

What we choose to look at shines into our souls. If I choose to focus on what is godly I will be filled with light. If I focus away from God my soul will be filled with what is not God and become corrupted.

Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” Luke 11:35-36

As we receive that which is absent of God we will become darkness, and the influence we have on those around us will be towards darkness. Our greatest service to others comes through spending time with God so that He is the source of our influence.