Today: Psalms 94; 1 Corinthians 6; 2 Chronicles 1
“The LORD is a God who avenges. O God who avenges, shine forth. Rise up, Judge of the earth; pay back to the proud what they deserve. How long, LORD, will the wicked, how long with the wicked be jubilant?” Psalm 94:1-3
There is so much wickedness on this cursed earth, so much pain. It often appears as if the evil people in the world will never be punished. It feels as if we will never see justice. We watch as the wicked boast and “pour out arrogant words.” They crush and oppress the people, “slay the widow and the foreigner; they murder the fatherless.” (v.4-6) They think “the LORD does not see; the God of Jacob takes no notice.” (v.7)
God promises that justice IS coming and so it WILL. But God’s timing is not our timing. God sees the eternal picture. He understands what it means that our souls are eternal. We can’t understand this yet but our little 75 or so years here are just the tiniest blip on the entire timeline of our existence. How does a couple of decades of suffering here compare to a million plus years of paradise? THIS is why it sometimes feels to us as if God’s justice is taking too long. We can only see the tiniest part. But God sees the BIG picture! He does indeed see, hear and know ALL. He is very well aware of the plans of the wicked and “He knows they are futile.” (v.11)
1 Corinthians 6
Disunity in the church has been one of the biggest stumbling blocks of Christianity. It has been the biggest challenges of spreading God’s message of salvation. The biggest problem is us…
When people outside of the church witness Christians fighting with each other, why would they want any part of it? Our disunity makes us look ridiculous. Look at all the denominations, and the huge rift between Catholics and Protestants. We have divided ourselves up into little warring cliques. May God have mercy on us for our lack of love for each other.
2 Chronicles 1 – Solomon Asks for Wisdom
Wisdom is the highest prize attainable on this earth. Wisdom from God gives us everything we could ever desire. The wisest people know how to be happy wherever they are. They understand the foolishness of worldly obsessions. They are not awed by wealth or power. The wisest people have learned how to be happy, content, and fulfilled. There is no greater treasure.