God is holy. His name is holy. God’s word warns us not to take the Lord’s name in vain. Unfortunately, many men and women do just that. They swear using God’s name as a curse word. There are consequences for our actions.
Do not trifle with God!
“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” Exodus 20:7
It is enough to make one’s blood curdle, to think of the name of God bandied about as a bauble and plaything of fools. It is the very spirit and essence of all evil–the very core of iniquity. This offence cannot go unpunished. If there is a God, He must vindicate His own majesty and glory. If you could see it as it is, in the naked enormity of its guilt–you would flee from it as from the very pestilence of death!
You may sport with the whirlwind and trifle with the hurricane,
you may lay your hand upon the lion’s mane and play with the leopard’s spots, you may go to the very crater of a burning volcano, and laugh at the lava which it thunderously belches out, you may trifle with any and everything–but do not trifle with God!
Let there be one holy thing upon which you dare not lay a profane hand–and let that be the name of God.
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Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001