In the last four days following the horrific events in France and other situations, I have been exposed to vehement anger against persons and ideologies that devalues life and concepts that God has established as eternal principles. How do we bring these horrific events and circumstances into perspective? RETURN TO SCRIPTURE and let it speak to us by the Holy Spirit. To do that, I give a few references below that we must ponder:
1. “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 37:7–11)
2. “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 27:14).
3. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.” (Romans 16:20).
Notice that I have underlined the things that we should be doing in these situations. When Asaph tried to understand the prosperity of the arrogant and wicked, he found himself up against forces of evil that seemed overpowering. Then he says, “But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.” (Psalm 73:16–17). Being still and waiting on the Lord in His presence with His Word and His Holy Spirit as our teacher, things become much clearer. Satan has already been defeated at the cross through our Lord Jesus Christ! It is only a matter of “just a little while, the wicked will be no more”.
In the waiting time, God is calling His people to be occupied with sowing the seed of the gospel. “Be strong, and let your heart take courage” and you will see the fruit of consistent sowing the good seed. This occupation replaces anger and fretting with “abundant peace” and “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,” (1 Peter 1:8). This is the grace of Christ!
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