Daily Devotional: Psalms 106:40-48
40 Therefore the LORD was angry with his people and abhorred his inheritance. 41 He handed them over to the nations, and their foes ruled over them. 42 Their enemies oppressed them and subjected them to their power. 43 Many times he delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin. 44 But he took note of their distress when he heard their cry; 45 for their sake he remembered his covenant and out of his great love he relented. 46 He caused them to be pitied by all who held them captive. 47 Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. 48 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, "Amen!" Praise the LORD.
2 Peter 3:8-9
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
One thing the book of Revelation teaches us is that God sends his judgments upon the world to warn people to turn to him. When it comes to specific events that happen, we may speculate but we must not adamantly assign to God that which he has not said he has done. God is in complete control and he can use fire or he can use storms, he can use foreign nations or he can use an uprising within a nation of people. He can use pestilence or he can send diseases. It is within his realm of authority to use a wicked ruler or a servant from the lowest household.
Whether it is a car accident, sickness, or financial loss, it is up to each of us to look at our own lives and decide if we have drifted away from God and if we need to change from our hearts. Have we adopted beliefs or made our own gods to fit our image instead of honoring Jesus with all authority? Self-examination is a must for us from time to time and then see that we conform to his word. It is in this kind of absolute submission and obedience that God is honored and his name is glorified.
Heavenly Father, you alone are God and I want to give you praise and honor your name in all I do and say. Open my eyes and give me wisdom to be honest with my own heart and to always judge myself by your word and not by other people or by the world around me. Be with me (as well as all of your people) and light a fire in me so that I will study your word, understand it, live it and then teach it to others. Use me to show the love you have shown to me in Jesus. Give me a heart of true compassion for the lost and also for those who are suffering physically. Be with our nation in our elections. Your will be done. I pray in the name of Jesus.