Daily Devotional: Psalms 11:1-7
1 In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: "Flee like a bird to your mountain? 2 For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. 3 When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" 4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. 5 The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates. 6 On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot. 7 For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face.
2 Peter 2:7-10
7 and if he [God] rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men 8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard) - 9 if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.
While we often do not see God at work in our lives or even in the world around us, he is present and doing his will. It has always been perplexing to those who seek him to see the wicked prosper while so many godly people suffer. This does not seem fair and so many have concluded that since they cannot understand God or how he works, he must not really be God or be in control.
Since God is not bound by our space or time, he does not fit our logic. Faith is seeing the unseen and believing that he will do what he says he will do. God cannot lie because of his nature as God. He is our sure rock and fortress. In him we take refuge in the storms of life and he is our anchor in a turbulent world filled with wickedness, pain and sorrow. There is nothing that escapes his notice and in his time and in his way, he will bring to judgment all who reject him, fight against him or even ignore him as God. Paul says all are without excuse because of the creation that surrounds us. Every part of our world cries out in praise to the one who gave it order, logic and reason. The Lord is our mighty God!
Heavenly Father, it is with great joy that I come to you in the beginning of a new year as I begin 2018. I am so thankful for all you provided me in 2017 and for the many times your carried me through trials while giving your strength and the comfort only you can give. It is indeed a turbulent world and an ungodly society in which I live but I know you take notice and are in control. Thank you for the many freedoms I enjoy today and I ask you to help me use them to your glory. Use me to help others come to you and serve you. I pray in the name of Jesus.