April 28, 2014

Psalm 37:12-13 The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;
but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.

This entire Psalm is a very encouraging (for a righteous person) comparison of an evil man and a righteous man. This particular pair of verses brings to mind strongly what is going on in the US today. With “political correctness” run amok, anyone who stands up for Biblical morality is promptly ridiculed and targeted, to the point of losing their job and/or their livelihood. The temptation to panic under such circumstances is understandably strong, but we need to remember that this Psalm is still as true as the day David wrote it. The image of God laughing at the wicked is itself not very politically correct! However, it’s a reminder that we aren’t to take them too seriously. They can make trouble in the short run, certainly, but in the long run they are only making trouble for themselves. As such, they are more to be pitied than feared. Circumstances give us plenty of chance to grow in faith. Sometimes our faith doesn’t seem up to the task, but if we will exercise the faith we have, we will find that it grows. God is faithful, whatever things look like at the moment.

A major benefit of added years is the greater ease of taking the long view. It’s easier to understand that the temporal is just that, temporary, and not get so worked up about it. That doesn’t mean that pain, either physical or emotional, is pleasant, but it does make it easier to bear, because we know it won’t last. For the person who is anchored in Christ, even the pain of separation from a loved one by death can be understood as strictly temporary. Right now I’m seeing God do some beautiful things around me, but at the same time the enemy is trying to distract me from them with all sorts of irritations, physical and emotional. I need to laugh at him the same way God does. David was doubtless thinking of human bad people as he wrote, but this applies to the devil just as much, and I need to remember that. Christ is victor, and those who are in Him are likewise victorious!

Father, thank You for all that You did over the two weeks the YWAM team was here. Thank You for the continuing fruit we can expect over the days and weeks ahead. I pray Your continued protection and blessing for them in this next month of ministry practicum, and for clear guidance for each person as to Your plans for them as this term ends. May neither they nor we be anxious, but all of us rest in trusting expectation of Your grace, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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