Do you periodically think of what humanity would be like without God’s intervention at a point in time in human history and affairs? Prophet Jeremiah hundreds of years ago gave us a clue and described the serious self- destructive state of human heart thus, “The heart of man is wicked and more deceitful than all else, and it is exceedingly corrupt or desperately sick; who can understand it?” (17:9). Sent of God to assess the plight of the people of God Israel and prophesy, Jeremiah came to that conclusion of those supposedly knew God as their personal God and yet that bad and helpless and lifeless in themselves. The condition of our heart is the decision making organ of our being. That’s why Jesus Himself said, “Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and eliminated? But the things that proceed out of that mouth come from the heart and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulterers, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man” (Matthew 15: 17-20). In another setting, Jesus said, “For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil” (Matthew 12: 34b-35).
For a moment, think of the kind of world you and I live in today and all the destructive tragedies caused by humanity against humanity: self-destructive behaviors; destruction of our fellow human beings behind their back; the love of money that makes people to kill fellow human being who may be in their way; the evil dose of corruption and nepotism; love of power and power control; abuse of all types physically, emotionally, sexually; drug and slave trafficking, etc.
Think of your own internal struggles over which you don’t have control; addictions, perhaps your marriage and family dysfunctionality and marred relationships seemingly joyless and hopeless. How come we can’t get along humanity to humanity? It’s all because of our human sin rooted in our heart which has alienated us from our Creator God. To redeem and deliver us: that’s why Jesus came as testified by His own mouth, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. If still struggling, “Jesus is the way and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 10:10; 14: 6). Dr. Johnson Omoni