I am sure I’m not alone in having been knocked sideways by the news coming out of the state of New York this past week. It seems as though the Biblical time line took a jump forward, doesn’t it? There is a whole mix of emotions going through my being about the horror that has been made legal; grief, anger, dismay, confusion, and a deep revulsion, to name a few. As politicians rejoice, I’ve been crying out to the Lord for the suffering of innocents.
This morning, I meditated on Psalm 37 as I looked for a place to go with my feelings. Verses 7-8 especially ministered to my soul and I would like to share them:
“Be still before the lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn away from wrath; do not fret-it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
My takeaway from this is: First of all, God holds the time line of the universe in His very capable hands. The Bible tells us His ways are always good and His love never fails. It also says He is a just God and laughs at the schemes of man. I need to trust in His character especially when things look so bad and I don’t understand them. When God passed before Moses on Mt Sinai, He revealed His character in the scriptures for the first time. He said to Moses: “The LORD, the LORD, compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” (Ex 36:6-7) As my Sunday school teacher likes to say “God’s got this”. Second, Jesus followers have an assignment to complete. As much as I would like to hate those who legislate the evil of infanticide, I need to follow Jesus’ example when He died to save me while I was still a sinner. I am to show His love to them. I’m not there yet, but am asking for empowering grace to do so because loving someone in the middle of sin elevates them, shows them God values them and wants them to be His children. My heart breaks for the women who have been deeply wounded by abortion. Jesus has the salve for their wounds and longs to welcome them into His compassionate arms.
Would you join Dean and me in praying for our leaders and our lost and sick world? Jesus is the only antedote for us all!!