Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

READING


Old Testament: Jeremiah 12:1-16
Morning Psalms: Psalms 51
New Testament: Philippians 3:1-14
Gospel: John 12:9-19
Evening Psalms: Psalms 69:1-23

DEVOTIONAL


“You are always righteous, LORD, when I bring a case
before you. Yet I would speak with you about
your justice: Why does the way of the wicked
prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?”
(Jeremiah 12:1)

Have you ever felt like one of the prophets was saying something that was in your own heart? Jeremiah questioned God’s justice, as I sometimes do. How, for example, can a just God allow the infectious greed in some men’s hearts (drug dealers, A.I.G., Enron) to prey upon those less fortunate than themselves? How can the one who told us “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” stand by and watch as evil spreads across this world causing one person to willingly harm another ( Newtown, CT; Aurora, CO; Syria; Angola)? Couldn’t He stop it if he wanted to? The answer is, of course He could.

I believe that God does act-- but in his own time. Although we look for immediate relief, every evil regime has eventually come to an end. The greedy have all fallen, if not in this lifetime then in the next.

Maybe Jeremiah was saying that if we are faithful to the Lord we must act on His behalf to help bring about His inevitable justice. How often have we heard the words, “They should do something to fix that”? Maybe the word ‘they” should instead be “we”. I know I have been guilty of sometimes complaining about a wrong while taking no action myself to right that wrong. Maybe if I spoke up or acted for Him, God’s justice would have arrived sooner.

I pray God will give me wisdom, courage, and strength so I might be an instrument of His justice from now on. Amen.
DJB


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