"The Cuddle" painting by Gioia Albano

Today: Psalms 58; John 6:1-24; Judges 9

Psalms 58

“The righteous will rejoice when he sees vengeance; he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. And people will say, ‘There certainly is a reward for the righteous; there certainly is a God who judges on the earth.” Psalms 58:10-11

In these crazy times, we are seeing more and more wickedness that has been hidden being exposed. Almost daily we are learning (if we have been paying attention) of more horrors that have been happening right under our noses. We are learning that human trafficking, and the trafficking of children is rampant. Combine that with the evil of abortion, children ripped apart, burned alive, in some places this is done up to the moment of birth… truly the enemy is after our children. Truly the child sacrifices of Molech continue this very day. Don’t buy the lies our culture feeds us. How could any of us excuse such evil?

I believe the evil of the enemy is being exposed as never before in my lifetime. I pray that God will bring justice and avenge the blood of the children SOON! But even if we must wait for God’s justice, His justice WILL come some day, in this life or the next. It will come. “And the people will say, ‘There certainly is a reward for the righteous; there certainly is a God who judges on the earth.'” (v.11)

"Loaves and Fishes" painting by Ricard J Tovar

John 6

Jesus often asked people questions to test them, to teach and grow their faith. In today’s reading, Jesus first asks Philip, “Where are we to buy bread so that these people may eat?” (v.5) as if He didn’t already know the solution. Jesus let the disciples ponder this for a while, offering them an opportunity to trust Him.

But there weren’t able to take the bait. Instead they could only see the physical obstacle. Philip responded, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not enough for them, for each to receive just a little!” (v.7)

Andrew found a boy with five barley loaves and two fish, “but what are these for so many people?” he asked. (v.9)

The disciples could only see the physical problem. They didn’t have enough money or provisions to feed even a handful of people, much less five thousand.

But Jesus knew. He took those five little loaves and two fish and multiplied it enough for everyone to eat their fill and there were twelve full baskets left over!

Jesus WILL meet our needs one way or another, according to His perfect plan, according to the riches in glory in Christ Jesus. But He’ll often first direct us to a place where there appears to be no possible solution, where the physical obstacles appear too great. He’ll often let us sit there for a while, to teach us, to test our faith.

If He let us know at the very beginning what amazing way He was going to provide, then we wouldn’t need to trust. It is only when we DON’T KNOW that we can learn and grow our faith.

"The Death of Abimelech" oilgraph on wooden panel by Kevissimo

Judges 9

God can and does use all sorts of methods to mete out His will. Sometimes He uses evil people to crush other evil people if He desires. For whatever reason, God does allow evil people to prosper on this cursed earth… for a time. But justice ALWAYS comes eventually.

Abimelech had done great evil by killing all seventy of his brothers. He enjoyed a three year rule and his conquest against Shechem appeared to be successful. But in the end all it took was a woman and a stone… Just as Abimelech had used a single stone to kill his seventy brothers, so also one stone, a millstone thrown by a woman from the tower roof, crushed Abimelech’s skull.

Have no doubt, God’s will WILL be done. One way or another, some how, some way, at some time, at the right time according to Almighty God’s perfect plan, God’s will WILL be accomplished!