Hoarders

… But according to your hardness and unrepentant heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath, revelation, and of the righteous judgment of God…

– Romans 2:5

This verse reminds me of the reality TV show Hoarders. The show is about people who have compulsions to collect so many things (boxes of stuff, animals, etc) that their houses become uninhabitable. At best they might have pathways through their homes a few inches wide to get around.

The most shocking part of the series is seeing the blindness of these people to their problems. They are only slightly aware that their compulsion has made life unmanageable, not only for themselves but for their loved ones and neighbors. Their denial makes it difficult to impossible for them to find help.

Isn’t this a perfect picture of our natural selves in relation to sin? Apart from the grace of God, we all have a sin hoarding problem. And we don’t realize that this is also a wrath hoarding problem. Unless we get supernatural help, we will eventually reap what we sow at the final judgment.

Only God has the solution for our problem. Only He can open our eyes for us to see what we have been doing to ourselves. Only Jesus can save us from the otherwise sure wrath that is to fall on us.


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