August 22, 2017

God Is Still Watching (#TTB13)

It’s hard to watch the news sometimes. So many reports of violent shootings, rapes, and murders; of men and women committing wicked acts against innocent loved ones; corruption in even the highest levels of our government; lies and greediness and just plain old sin.

The past few months especially have been inundated with violence and rampant wickedness. We live in a world overrun with godlessness. And it’s only getting worse…

But you know what?

It’s nothing new. It’s not due to recent political developments or world crises. This godless, lawless world has been around for thousands of years – and so has wickedness. Ever since Satan tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Truly, there is nothing new under the sun. In fact, some of the Psalms sound like they could be describing our day – even though some of them were penned about 3000 years ago!

Consider the following excerpts from Psalm 10-12, which was part of my reading last week:

Why, O Lord, do you stand afar off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In arrogance … the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the Lord. In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, ‘There is no God.’

His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.

His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless; he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket … the helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might.

Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man. Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, ‘You will not call to account’? On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

David could very well have been describing our generation! He certainly speaks of the same rebellion against God, the same depravity, that we see in our news every night.

It’s called the sin nature. And we’re all born with it.

Even as Christians, we fight that sin nature every day – and we’ll continue fighting until we receive our glorified bodies. Until then, we must live in this sin-filled world and deal with sin-cursed humanity.

It could so easily be overwhelming.

It would be overwhelming, if we didn’t know the future. If we didn’t know the end of the story – that God wins and all the wicked will perish in hell for eternity – it would be utterly devastating.

But we know the end of the story – and we are not without hope! David exclaims in Psalm 10:14, “But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands!”

Isn’t that comforting? Reassuring?

God still sees the wicked. He knows their evil deeds. He angers at their rebellion.

But He is a patient God, who “does not deal with us according to our sins” (Psalm 103:10). He is merciful, and gracious, and allows chance after chance to obey Him. Remember Israel?

He allows us to choose – of our own free will – whether to obey or reject Him. He allows us to disobey. But He is watching our choices, and waiting for the day when He will judge the wicked – and He will cut them off forever.

Flip over a few chapters to Psalm 37. Read some of these glorious and comforting promises:

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him, but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming … In just a little while, the wicked will be no more.

For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off. The righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever.

Mark the blameless and behold the upright, for there is a future for the man of peace. But transgressors shall be altogether destroyed; the future of the wicked shall be cut off.”

Comforted yet?

If you’re discouraged, disheartened, or distressed about the current state of our world today — I’d encourage you to meditate on the rest of Psalm 37 today. Read it here.

The Lord will preserve His saints.
But the wicked will be altogether destroyed.
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QUESTION for YOU: Have you been reading anything particularly comforting? What Scriptures do you run to in troubled times?

Want to know more comforting promises? Read the Word with me this week:

Tuesday: Genesis 37-39, Psalm 13
Wednesday: Genesis 40-42, Psalm 14
Thursday: Genesis 43-46, Psalm 15
Friday: Genesis 47-50, Psalm 16
Saturday: Mark 1-3, Psalm 17:1-24
Sunday: Mark 4-6, Psalm 18:1-24
Monday: Reflection or Catch-Up

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Comments

  1. The news is difficult for me to watch. I take it in small doses–enough to know what is going on without overwhelming myself with depression. I just keep reminding myself that God is in control always. He is never surprised. Psalms is one of my favorite books. I almost never miss including some reading of Psalms in my daily Bible study. Great Bible study schedule. Blessings.

  2. Thanks for the reminder that we do know the end of the story. It’s hard to remember that, as we get caught up in the day to day of life. Visiting from the A Royal Daughter, Desire to Inspire link up.

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