You know those times when you think that life is just a bit not fair.
When the hurt and pain runs deep and dark and right ugly in this world.
How can anyone get a deep breath for all the brokenness? A lot of questions, most of them unanswered, are left hanging in the air. But the chief of all, Why?–
This, and others, are really good questions to ask. And it’s not surprising that the Lord has something to say in return.
Hence, my reading from this morning, worth sharing with you I think:
“Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land. In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.” Psalm 37: 1-11
It goes on…”Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous. The LORD knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever; they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance.” (vs 16-19)
So I was reading that and thinking…how beautiful.
God Himself will break forth in justice, either here and now or in eternity to come. Thus, we don’t have to be fretting, scheming, angry, and wrathful people.
Instead, we can be patient, refrain from anger, forsake wrath, live in contentment, and trust God to provide, even in times of famine. We can befriend faithfulness, commit all our ways to the Lord, and just be still in His presence.
Don’t we want that?
It doesn’t mean it won’t be confusing and often painful to behold or endure. But God is offering us a better way. A way of abundant life, here and now, that bubbles up from a deep well of trust in our Sovereign Creator.
I think we do want that.
Life, even in death. Contentment, even in little. Utter abundance, even in famine. Stillness and peace deeply anchored, even amidst great evil and wickedness.
And my favorite…did you catch it?
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Not a gene poised to grant our every wish.
No, in our delighting He becomes our delight!
He becomes the deepest desire of our hearts.
And I want that too, don’t you? I need that.
There’s a better way, and I want to live it out, each day.