Thursday, September 20, 2018

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“God has taken His place in the divine assembly; He judges among the gods: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and needy; save them from the power of the wicked.” They do not know or understand; they wander in darkness. All the foundations of the earth are shaken.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭82:1-5‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

How often do you get brutally honest with God about your frustration with the injustices you see in the world? He promises to be Father to the fatherless (Ps 68:5), to provide rescue for the truly oppressed (Ps 72:14) and to judge the wicked (Eccl 3:17). So what is a thinking person to make of the horrific crimes against humanity including mass murders, suicide bombers and sex trafficking as well as abuse of women and children, neglect of the elderly, and inequality surrounding us in the world? Where is God in all this?

There are no easy answers, but we must hold onto we know to be true. First, God IS here. He’s right here going through the mess with us. Jesus intercedes for us as we cry out to God (Rom 8:26). Second, God gives us more than we can bear on our own apart from Him to show us our weakness and need for Him, but God will also give us grace, if we ask, to makes us sufficient through Him (2Cor 9:8). Third, just as our Father uses trials to purify us and grow us spiritually (James 1:1), He also will clear out the dross, the impure wicked ones who grieve Him with their disobedience. (Ps 119:119).

When it comes to your response to injustice, will you be found faithful to God, or will you be found like chaff on the threshing room floor, fruitless and drifting in the wind (Ps 35:5)?

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