“Blessed is the man whom You instruct, O Lord, And teach out of Your law, That You may give him rest from the days of adversity, Until the pit is dug for the wicked. For the Lord will not cast off His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance. But judgment will return to righteousness, And all the upright in heart will follow it. Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? Unless the Lord had been my help, My soul would soon have settled in silence. If I say, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up. In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.”
Psalms 94:12-19 NKJV
There seems to be a theme to my writing these days. I approach my morning reflections with no prior idea as to what I am going to write. I have no topics, no agendas, just an open mind and heart as I approach the word of God. At some point in my morning reading, a passage or verse will leap out at me. Such was the case this morning, when I prepared the meme fo the church fb page.
I went to the verse and opened to see the entire context of the passage and I could see how relevant it is to state of affairs in our world, and its effect on the follower of Jesus Christ.
In reading that portion of Psalm 94, I felt it resonate deeply in my heart, as I am one who looks at all the injustice in the world, and wonders when the Lord is going to deal with it. I see the slaughter of innocents, in and out of the womb, I see the hunger, the descendants of immigrants rejecting other immigrants trying find the same opportunities. Then there is the crime in the streets, and the deepening poverty happening right next to massive wealth being amassed.
I mourn as even the righteous have forsaken the love of God, for the heartlessness of political stances. I cry out to God as I hear people professing to be Christians advocating for the killing of babies, and others expressing the most vile racial hatred under the guise of patriotism.
So many believers have been caught up in the harlot system, taken for a ride on the back of the beast. We warn of the new world order, but we fail to see that we are in the thick of it right now, and have been since the time of Nimrod. It has infected too many of us, as we turn away from the sovereign will of God, behaving like Judas, and betraying the Lord Jesus in favor of political expediency.
It is all enough to increase my anxieties. But then, I pause and take solace in the word of God. There is nothing happening that He did not foretell. The world around us is eroding right before our eyes, even as our very bodies are being impacted by the progress of sin leading to death. The corruption is everywhere. But still, there is hope.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
II Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV
There is coming an eternal state, a time and place when all will be made right. Jesus is bring justice to the world, and salvation, the saving of the world from the corruption wrought on the planet since the fall.
God has given us His word, His instruction that offers the peace in the midst of prevailing despair. In the darkening, those of us who call upon the name of the Lord Jesus for salvation can stand as lights in that darkness. In our hearts we hope the promise of a new day.
Brothers and sisters, let’s remember to delight in the Lord. He has given us His word, His promises that we find in the Bible. The word gives s rest in adversity, and confidence in the waiting.
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed.”
Psalms 37:23-26 NKJV
May we be reflective of our confidence in God, and reflect His love to others. It is not our cause to make adversaries of those we seek to lead to Jesus. The Good News becomes bad news, if delivered from a heart filled with hate, and delivered by lips that previous spouted curses.
May our words reflect hearts dedicated toward Jesus, and not the fury of this present world. Spouting hate, or anything other than the love of God, is tantamount to getting rotten fruit from a good tree.
““Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.”
Matthew 12:33-35 NKJV
The troubles of this present time have presented an ongoing golden opportunity for the people of God to tell about Jesus and the hope that He brings.
Let’s go forth knowing that we know that we know the end of the story!
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