Daily Devotional: Psalms 10:1-6
1 Why, O LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? 2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. 3 He boasts of the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD. 4 In his pride the wicked does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. 5 His ways are always prosperous; he is haughty and your laws are far from him; he sneers at all his enemies. 6 He says to himself, "Nothing will shake me; I'll always be happy and never have trouble."
2 Peter 3:3-7
3 First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation." 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
It is not a startling revelation to say that we live in a wicked world. There seems to be so many in the mainstream of our society that ignore and deny the existence of the God who made us. The Bible is ridiculed and those who seek to practice its teaching are mocked. About a week ago, there was a major sports figure who was blasted by the media because he expressed his faith in God.
Paul, in writing to the Romans, said that even though they deny God and ignore his precepts, they are without excuse because of the evidence of creation. No matter how much or how strongly someone denies God, he does not change and his word remains sure. I knew a lady who had cancer and ignored it. She refused to go to a doctor because she didn’t want to face the truth and eventually died with a large part of her body an open sore. Hebrews 9:27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Heavenly Father help me keep my eyes focused on you, on Jesus and on heaven above. Keep me mindful of the fact that Jesus is coming back to receive his own to his place of glory. As I remember this, help me purify myself as you are pure. As I seek to serve you, I fail to be all you want me to become. Give me strength and wisdom to overcome. Forgive me when I fail. I pray in the name of Jesus.