Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Unthinkable

 1O god, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.
 2The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.
 3Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.
 4We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.
 5How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?
 6Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.
 7For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place. 

 The Unthinkable

The Unthinkable had happened. God removed His hand of protection from Israel and allowed the surrounding heathen nations to defile Jerusalem. Their blood that was shed like water spilled round about Jerusalem giving food to the fowls of the heavens, but there was none left to bury them. The nation which once stood as a glorious testimony of God's help and protection, became a reproach to their neighbors. Astounded, the Israelites cried out, How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?

It was a dark time for the nation of Israel. Why did God allow such a thing to happen to His chosen people? Why was His wrath not spent upon the heathen nations that did not know or worship God?

Life poses many difficult times when we, like Asaph, are prone to question God. Though the nation of Israel was certainly guilty of mixing the worship of foreign gods with their worship of God, why did God seem to favor those foreign nations? We are tempted, when we do not understand God's lack of help in our lives, to question His motives?

Who is God, and who are we to question His actions? We tend to view God as One who should be there when we need Him, but One who does not require too much of us at other times. We do not want Him to interfere with our lives, but He must be there when difficult times come, and He must respond exactly as we think best.

However, when the difficulties come, it is time for us to fall before God and ask that His will be done. We are not God; we do not have His perspective or viewpoint on the circumstances of life. What may seem harsh treatment from our perspective, in reality, shows the great love God has for His people.

The chastisement of Israel was not pleasant for God, but it was necessary to cause His people to return to Him. God is not content to own just a small part of our hearts; He wants all of our hearts devoted to Him. He uses the trials and difficulties we face to keep us from loving this world so much that we forget Him.

So, when the unthinkable happens, let us remember to look to God our Hope, our Justice, and our Truth, to guide us through the dark valleys and bring us back into His courts of light!
 4Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
 5For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalm 30:4-5, King James Version)

 God Bless You,
Linda

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