Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Tuesday, July 14th: Psalm 10-12, Acts 10: 24-48 ~ Nathan


In Psalm 10 the Psalmist asks why God let's the evil thrive and prosper. This is a question that Christians have been asking ever since. It annoys us when we are trying to do what's right and don't feel like we're gaining anything,  and the dishonest person beside us seems to have everything going for themselves. This carries over into our spiritual lives when we see someone else ignore God and only live for themselves and they are prospering,  and we are trying our best for God and feeling like nothing is working out for us.

The Psalmist answers this in 10: 17 and 18: "You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, [18] defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror."

Maybe God is testing us during those times we feel frustrated and when it seems like the evil around us is winning,

Chapter 11:5 "The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion"

Again,  this chapter ends with encouraging words for those who do right,
Chapter 11:7 "For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face"

Chapter 12 also begins with the Psalmist asking for help from those who boast and are dishonest.

This chapter also ends with words of encouragement,  that remind us that God will protect us,
10: 7 and 8 "You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked, [8] who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race."

This theme in these three chapters reminds me of some of the talks we've had with our daughter who is starting high school this fall in a new school, which can be intimidating. We've talked about how it's better to stand alone and do what's right then join in with kids making bad choices. This is tough to do when it feels,  at that age in life,  that having friends and being accepted is one of the most important things. Just like the Psalmist noted about how it looks like the evil side is winning, in the end those who make choices that please the Lord will ultimately gain victory.

In our New Testament reading in Acts 10, I like how Peter makes it clear in verse 47 and 48a that salvation is available for  everyone,

"Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have .” 48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ... "

4 comments:

Conrad said...

Psalm chapter 12 reminded me of our fallen world by the way it starts - "Help, Lord, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men."

It sometimes feels like our numbers are dwindling by the acceptance and applauding of laws that are passed by our governments. Erosion is a slow fade and we need to be sure to not let our beliefs become eroded.

Pamela said...

5 His ways prosper at all times;
your judgments are on high, out of his sight;

To prosper on Earth is for a short term gain. This world is not our home. Everyone will be judged for what they have done, or failed to do.

I think we also can look too favourably on people who look like they have it all together. When we don't see sin that they have hidden very well, we might begin to idolize them. This is what Cornelius did. I love that Peter knew he didn't deserve such a welcome.

26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man.”

We are the same....regardless of our background or what our lives look like on the outside...sinners in need of a Saviour.

Pamela said...

5 His ways prosper at all times;
your judgments are on high, out of his sight;

To prosper on Earth is for a short term gain. This world is not our home. Everyone will be judged for what they have done, or failed to do.

I think we also can look too favourably on people who look like they have it all together. When we don't see sin that they have hidden very well, we might begin to idolize them. This is what Cornelius did. I love that Peter knew he didn't deserve such a welcome.

26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man.”

We are the same....regardless of our background or what our lives look like on the outside...sinners in need of a Saviour.

TammyIsBlessed said...

Though we can easily despair at the apparent success of the wicked, when we look at it from the perspective of eternity we know that success is superficial and temporary, and that ultimately justice will prevail.


In Acts, I love how quick Peter was to give all the glory to God, and not to take any of it for himself.