Psalm 7:9 O righteous God,
who searches minds and hearts,
bring to an end the violence of the wicked
and make the righteous secure.
This sounds like a prayer for today! Actually, it is a prayer for all the ages of mankind on earth, because mankind is prone to sin, and we endure the consequences. What we don’t recognize so easily, however, is when we fit into the category of “the wicked.” We tend to justify everything we do, but our sins and disobedience to God have consequences and repercussions just like those of anyone else. We need to be aware that God is indeed one who “searches minds and hearts,” and listen up when He points out anything to us of which we need to repent. We do need to pray for protection, for ourselves and for others, from the acts of those who are actively wicked, but we also need to recognize that “there, but for the grace of God, go I.” The best thing we can pray for those who are actively evil is repentance and faith. There is no sweeter revenge against an enemy than turning him into a brother!
Modern information systems flood us with stories and images of unspeakable evil, and that can be dangerous. The biggest danger is despair, giving up on the world, but that is seeing the problems as bigger than God. That obviously is a failure of faith. This has been a problem from time immemorial. As it says in Hebrews 2:8-9, we do not currently see everything subject to Christ, that is, lined up and behaving correctly, but we can see Christ with the eyes of our hearts, and that should give us hope. I have had a real training period in this for the past few years, as evil has been happening in and through the US government in ways and to degrees I would not have dreamed. I am not to stop praying for protection and relief for those suffering from the evil, and I am to pray that those inflicting the evil be both hindered and brought to repentance. At the same time, I am to be careful that I am not an instrument of evil myself, but rather a channel of God’s love and grace, for His glory.
Father, I do get overwhelmed at times by the sheer volume of information about evil that comes pouring in. Thank You that You are growing me in my response to it all, in what to pay attention to and pray about, and what to simply let pass. I continue to pray as Jesus taught us, that Your Name would be hallowed, Your kingdom come, and Your will be done perfectly, even right here on earth. That covers everything! Help me trust You actively, offering myself as Your instrument for destroying the works of the devil (1 John 3:8) but recognizing that it only happens by Your power. May I be an instrument of Your comfort, encouragement and peace for all who love You, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!