We Wait

We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield. Psalm 33:20

As each day passes, the longing for Christ’s return gets stronger, or it should.

We see the chaos, and marvel that He hasn’t returned already to right the wrongs and set things straight. We see only a tiny portion of the evil and corruption in the world.

God sees it all.

  • He sees the graphic violence against children and women every moment of the day.
  • He sees the injustice.
  • He sees the billions who are hurting.
  • He sees the hungry and poor.

And he sees those who have inflicted pain upon those people.

It’s easy to forget God’s sovereignty over it all.

So we wait with the complete assurance that He will make it all right.

Until then, though, we do what we can with the talents and gifts we He’s given us. Sometimes that can mean righting wrongs and confronting evil when it’s staring us in the face. It’s a thankless and difficult job, but it’s worthwhile.

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King of the Hill

No king is saved by the size of his army;
    no warrior escapes by his great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
    despite all its great strength it cannot save.
But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
to deliver them from death
    and keep them alive in famine. Psalm 33:16-19

Living under the most powerful military force the world has ever known for all of our lifetime makes us immune to what could be if we didn’t have that on our side. I am sure Britain never thought they’d lose their military edge. Same with Rome, France, China, Japan, and any other nation that has ever sustained an overwhelming military might. They go down, often because of their arrogance and overconfident attitude. Oh, they may be “the king of the hill” for awhile but that role is short-lived.

We would do well as a nation to remember what happened to those powers and where they are today.

Instead, the nation that fears the Lord will have favor in God’s eyes.

We can funnel that concept to our own lives as well. When we begin to think we can make it on our own without the Lord’s assistance, we are sadly mistaken. Humbling ourselves before the Lord takes, well, humility. Not admitting we are weak and frail is perhaps the greatest barriers to consistent grown in our lives.

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Early and Often

From heaven the Lord looks down
    and sees all mankind;
from his dwelling place he watches
    all who live on earth—
he who forms the hearts of all,
    who considers everything they do. Psalm 33:13-15

What does God see when He “looks down” from Heaven? Does He see obstinate, disobedient children (not at all unlike the Children of Israel), or does He see compliant, ready-to-please children?

Does He see a church looking forward to His return or one that is caught up in its own little world?

It’s very easy to get side-tracked and uncaring about the things that matter. It’s also easy to have great intentions but never following through. And it’s quite normal to forget about the return of Jesus Christ in all his glory when you’re up to your neck in bills, responsibilities, and activities.

One of the beautiful things about the Lord our God is that He is patient. Whenever we’re ready, we can come to Him. He will fill us with the strength, wisdom, and knowledge we need each day. The Holy Spirit will remind us of the importance of the Second Coming, and the life we will be living after the here-and-now.

This is merely a reminder to come to Him early and often. He waits for us.

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The Blessed Nation

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
    the people he chose for his inheritance. Psalm 33:12

While it would be easy to equate material wealth with blessings from God, it’s very difficult to distinguish between the two.

I’ve heard an apt illustration a few time over the past weeks that highlights this point. Two men are walking down the street with a dog following behind. It is impossible to determine the master until the two men go their separate ways. After the split occurs, it will be very apparent who the master is. The dog will easily follow the master.

For the West, Christianity and material blessing are walking down the street and (forgive me) we are the dog tagging along. What will happen when the prosperity is gone? Who will we follow?

Occasionally we hear of nations whose leaders are doing their best to be godly men and women. They may not be wealthy but they are doing their best with what they have. They’re trying to contain and root out the corruption and deceit, but it’s an uphill battle. However, Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.

It’s certainly not too late for our nation to return to it’s Judeo-Christian roots. In fact, it’s never too late.

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Who He Is

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
    the purposes of his heart through all generations. Psalm 33:11

“The purposes of his heart” is an interesting phrase. It’s the WHY of what God does. Whatever reasons they are, they go through all generations.

I say that because we only know a few of the reasons God does what He does: namely that He’s motivated by love and compassion towards the world. John 3:16-18

But why?

It’s a question we’ll never get a complete answer to but it should satisfy us to know that He just loved us. They “whys” are His business. It’s who He is and what He does. If we can trust that, then we can accept it and move on.

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