“Help, Lord, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; With flattering lips and a double heart they speak. May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, And the tongue that speaks proud things, Who have said, “With our tongue we will prevail; Our lips are our own; Who is Lord over us?” “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, Now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.” The words of the Lord are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times. You shall keep them, O Lord, You shall preserve them from this generation forever. The wicked prowl on every side, When vileness is exalted among the sons of men.”
Psalms 12:1-8 NKJV
Reading Psalm twelve this morning, I felt like I was looking at something that had been written just this morning. Our world seems much like that in which David wrote his psalm. There is an ongoing battle between constant foes.
Throughout time, there have been two forces vying for supremacy, clashing in opposition. Good and evil have been locked in the death match since the beginning. On the surface, one might get the sense that evil is winning. The voices espousing the most vile are loud and brash, and dominate the public space.
In the times we are living in, what is evil is trumpeted by the media, and has seemingly dominated the minds of the earth dwellers. The faithful look to the Heavens in despair and cry out to God: “where are you?”
God is there. God is waiting. God will act soon.
We have been waiting. Some of us have turned away, thinking that the Lord will never come back, that all that we have hoped for is but fantasy. Those who have remained focused on His promises in the Scriptures, know that His word is true. He is coming again, and the signs are more apparent than ever before. As it is darkest before the dawn, so too are we seeing this encroaching spiritual darkness, as a promise that the Son will rise.
God has not been delayed. He is on His own time clock.
“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
II Peter 3:8-9 NKJV
I am thankful for the patience of God, and for His constancy in the face of evil. I am one who remembers what is was like to be a sinner. I remember depravity, and all the consequences. I remember the day I said yes to Jesus, and how my life began to change. I rejoice in His Holiness, and in the cleansing He has done in my inward self.
When I encounter the profane, I am not shocked, but inspired, as I know without a doubt that here is a person who needs the Lord. It is a call to ministry, to approach with the Lord’s guidance, bringing the powerful message of redemption.
Our world is certainly upside down, but we, the followers of Jesus, are not. We are anchored in a Christ filled reality, and serve as the tether keeping the world from flying off into oblivion. We Are charged with going and telling others about Jesus, that one soul at a time, can be made right side up. Through every step of our ministry, Jesus is with us.
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”
Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV
He is with us, my brothers and sisters, and in us, as He has left us the Helper, God the Holy Spirit, empowering us from within.
Let us not recoil in the face of the evil in the world, but let us remember that the Lord will one day make it all right. Let us be about the Father’s business, seeking Him, proclaiming His message into a darkening world. We must press on and be faithful, remember that those who speak and act in the dark, are but pawns being used by the evil one. Jesus came to save them, just as He saved us.