Do you find yourself troubled by the direction of our world?
Turning on the news these days is a painful experience. Watching the oppression of women, children, the poor, racial tensions, and persecution of Christians around the world, is enough to make us all sit back and say: “God, where are you?”
The corruption I see in our government mixed with the required political correctness in the media, suppresses truth and makes my heart hurt.
A reader wrote me and asked,
“How do we live with joy when all this is in our face and growing? How do we not feel angry and scared? Yes, Jesus is our hope but that does not stop the madness all around us. It affects me. I wondered if I should not watch the news at all. How do you do it? How do you not fear the country our children are growing up in being a total mess for their children.”
Here is part of my email back to her:
We used to watch the nightly national news for about 1-2 hours every night. You know – the talk shows where they break all of this down…This was my husband and I’s “entertainment”…but we can’t watch anymore. It is so incredibly upsetting.
We still watch from time to time but not nightly or habitually as we once did. We just can’t fill our minds with it, without being discouraged and fearful. So we keep our mind stayed on Christ and entertain ourselves with other things!
We still need to be informed and I do that mostly through the internet now…and then stay in God’s word and live it out for the sake of our children. I want them to see brave, strong parents who in the face of opposition and darkness, shine like lights boldly, fearlessly and with exceeding joy.
Fight for joy – do not let the darkness envelope you. This world is not our home – we are just passing through and there are so many in the world whose circumstances are a gazillion times worse – so while we stand for what is right and true – we have cause for joy in the safety we have for now.
Pray for our country and the safety of our children and grandchildren and leave it in the hands of a loving God who is worthy of all trust and the giver of peace.
If you are lacking peace – ask God for it. That is a fruit of the Spirit – as a believer he wants you to have it. He wants you to have joy. Pursue it and guard your mind – be strong mentally – do not let runaway thoughts, bring you down.”
And this brings me to today’s Good Morning Girls reading in Psalm 10. David asked:
Why, O Lord, do you stand afar off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
In the midst of David’s grief and distress over the rampant multiplication of evil…
And we should too.
In David’s prayer, he lists:
The 5 Marks of the Wicked:
1.) They are proud. (v.2,3,4,6)
2.) They are foul mouthed and full of cursing. (v. 3,7)
3.) They are greedy. (v.3,9)
4.) They are violent. (v. 8-10)
5.) They are godless. (v. 4,11)
David says of the wicked, in verses 4 and 13:
“all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
The wicked renounces God and “says in his heart, “You will not call to account.”
The wicked cannot escape the thoughts that there IS a God – so over and over they have to tell themselves – there is no God and there is no one to answer to. But they know – from their conscience and creation – there is a God.
As a matter of fact, in verse 11 the wicked says:
“…in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
We see the inner battle of the existence of God and the suppressing of the truth. It is a constant effort – they have to keep saying in their heart and mind over and over – there is no God.
And so when it seems that the wicked are prospering and God is far away, do as David did and go to God in prayer.
It is hard to pray when the wicked are prospering. It is hard to pray when God seems distant but our feelings deceive us. God was with David as he wrote this very Psalm and God is with you, right this very moment. He is not far away.
David proclaims in verse 14-18:
14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation,
that you may take it into your hands;
to you the helpless commits himself;
you have been the helper of the fatherless.
15 Break the arm (power) of the wicked and evildoer;
call his wickedness to account till you find none.
16 The Lord is king forever and ever;
the nations perish from his land.
17 O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
18 to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
May we stop thinking like the wicked – that God is far off.
He is near and his eyes and ears and hands and arm are for us!
Jesus sees it ALL and He endured the cross at the hands of the wicked and triumphed OVER wickedness.
It is because of his sacrifice on the cross and victory over the grave that we proclaim boldly – He is the King of Kings forever and ever.
Are you struggling with the state of our world?
This world is not our home. We are just passing through!
Strengthen your heart. Be of good courage.
Have you read the book of Revelation? It all turns out well in the end. Be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return and put all your trust in Him. When you feel frightened or frustrated, do as David did, pray. Over and over we see in the book of Psalms, David’s heart turning from heaviness to praise simply because He went straight to God with all of his troubles.
Take your troubles to Jesus. Let Him lighten your load.
Walk with the King,
Does the state of our world give you fear? Does the news bother you?
Have you struggled with feeling like God is distant?
What verses do you turn to to overcome these feelings?