Who do you trust when things fall apart?

For the Choir director: A psalm of David

The wicked are stringing their bows and fitting their arrows on the bowstrings. They shoot from the shadows at those whose hearts are right.

The foundations of law and order have collapsed. What can the righteous do?

But the Lord is in his holy Temple; the Lord still rules from heaven. He watches everyone closely, examining every person on earth.

Psalm 11:2-4

It’s probably verses like these that are taken out of context and used to accuse God of being a mean and overly critical teacher who is just waiting to catch you red-handed. Not true. He’s so much bigger and better than we think.

While he does look down on the earth ruling and examining the hearts of all people, he has also made his design, will, and heart for us very clear throughout the Bible. The design for your life and for mine, is a life overflowing with peace and good things (John 10:10; Jeremiah 29:11).

David asks a question here that I think every human has asked at some point. The whole world is falling apart. What are we supposed to do about it?

We can’t police every act of evil, and certainly cannot exact perfect justice. Just consider how many criminals are free and inmates are innocent at this very moment. Only God has the ability to perfectly judge because he can discern the intentions and thoughts of the heart (Psalm 139:1-4; 1 John 3:20).

The deeds of the wicked are indeed out of control. We can’t turn a blind eye but we can’t do any lasting good either. Even if we devoted our entire lives, savings, and efforts toward working for justice, we will inevitably die and some other evil will inevitably come to undo our efforts.

What is the answer then, for those “whose hearts are right” and who desire to see justice in the world?

Recognize the Lord is in control 

Do you truly believe this? If this is difficult to grasp, it may be that you are making the problems bigger than God. I have done this before. Sometimes when you focus on a certain problem and get tunnel vision, perspective is lost. Just because we can’t see or understand, doesn’t mean he doesn’t care and isn’t working. Rather, use this to fuel an impassioned prayer: “God, I don’t understand but I trust that you are larger than all the evil in the world.” After all, if he created it all and upholds it all by the words of his mouth, isn’t he able to handle the deeds of the creatures whose lives are only vapor? (James 4:14; Psalm 39:5).

Do everything you can

The Psalm goes on to say in verse 7, “The virtuous will seek his face.” If you conduct your life in a way that works for peace and justice and you trust God enough to weave your story into the fabric of history for the good of all people, you will be doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. Not only will you have the satisfaction of a life well-lived, you will have peace. And the Bible promises that you will see his face (Psalm 17:15, Matthew 5:9). Then after doing what you can, show your trust by letting God take over.

Reflection

  • Is there something that seems insurmountable in your life?
  • How have you trusted God in that situation?
  • Pray about one thing you can do today that requires trust. Then do it! 🙂

Seeking God: Safety in his arms

Reading: Psalm 31:1-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16

Christ: I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:9-10)

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Think: God has promised restoration to those who turn to Him in belief. When I’m overcome with fear, does my heart remember my true safety? Or am I quick to forget the power of His promises?

Pray: Dear Lord, Thank you for being our rock and fortress. We entrust our spirits into your hand. Amen.

Seeking God: The forgotten people

Read: Psalm 10:12-17, Luke 5:31-32

Christ: God will not fail to call everyone to account. This is why I came, to help you who are lost in the tangled web of your own sins. I offer the free gift of exoneration to the wicked as well as the helpless, and it is my dearest wish that ALL would choose to come to me. However, there are some who will exercise their free right to reject my love. For those people, I’m telling you that it may seem like they are getting away easy now, but they will not escape justice.

I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”

Think: If Jesus does not choose who comes to him, neither should I.   A stranger at the checkout counter is just as deserving of my love as are my best friends. How can I reach out in love to someone new today? Who in my life is being forgotten by me?

Pray: Dear Lord, Let me go about my day today, looking for the people around me whom I would ordinarily ignore and forget. There are more of these than I care to acknowledge, but I desire to model Jesus. Help me to keep my heart open to ALL the souls you have put in my path. Amen.


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Why I’m reserving judgement on Kim Davis

Why I'm reserving judgement on Kim Davis

Disclaimer: This is not an article about gay marriage and whether it’s right or wrong. This is an article about how Christians should be responding to the whole ordeal. Thanks!


I’m sure you’ve heard about Kim Davis and her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Even though it’s legal in this country for gay people to get married, the state government is “prohibited from substantially burdening a person’s freedom of religion” unless there is a compelling reason to do so. Issuing marriage licenses is part of her job description as a county clerk, but issuing them to same-sex couples is not part of her job description as a Christian.

Thankfully for those offended couples, the federal law of gay marriage is technically upheld, as long as you don’t apply for marriage under Kim’s watch. She was released from jail Tuesday with the order that she is not to impede the licenses being issued by other coworkers in her office. So everybody wins…kind of.

So now she’s back to her old job for she has announced her refusal to resign. Back to the same routine, which will inevitably lead to another if not identical, story.

On Tuesday when she was released from jail, she said, “I just want to give God the glory. His people have rallied, and you are a strong people. We serve a living God who knows exactly where each and every one of us is at. Just keep on pressing. Don’t let down, because he is here. He’s worthy.”

As expected, the Internet’s response is meme after vicious meme, and hateful posts and comments about this woman, from Atheists, Christians, and everyone in-between.

How is a genuine Jesus follower to react?

  1. Remember Whose you are. If you proclaim Jesus as your Lord, you are covered in His blood and God has promised to give you a new heart and a new spirit within you. Part of growing in faith means that your heart-attitude is changed. “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galations 5:22-23).
  2. We are commanded not to judge others. I stopped counting at 45, but just take a look at how many verses in the Bible issue wisdom about this very topic (I got to 45 before I stopped counting!) When something is repeated this many times in God’s inspired Word, I’ve got to check myself and take it seriously. It’s not up to me to judge her, especially considering how far removed I am from the situation. “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)
  3. We don’t have the whole story. Only God knows the degree of sincerity in our hearts. Only God knows Kim’s story and whether she is taking advantage of the state law in vengeance against other people, or if she’s just honestly searching for a way to show her faith. We like to think we have the whole story because we read it on CNN, but we just don’t.
  4. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2, emphasis mine). The whole idea of following Jesus is that we would turn from pursuing the pattern of this world. He called us to be the different ones, to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. The world’s pattern is just the opposite.

If every believer who claims to be a Christian reacted as the Bible teaches, we would truly be showing His glory and His nature off to the world. To be sure, we aren’t perfect, but that’s the very point in having hope in Jesus as our Anchor — that he will being to completion all the good works he started in us.

So let’s start now, with this insignificant speck of an event in history. Join me in acting differently than the world which is to say more like Jesus, and reserve judgement on Kim Davis and what she did.