Friday, April 20, 2012

How Long?

 1O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.
 2Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud.
 3LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph? 

How Long?

It has been asked before by the psalmists, and here it is asked again: "How Long?" We are certainly not unfamiliar with this sentiment. When we look at the boastful arrogance of the wicked who fly in the face of God's wrath with no thought of any wrong doing, we wonder in amazement at the silence of God.

Does God see the wicked? Does He not know what is being said and done against Him and against His children? Yes, He sees and He hears; He knows even the thoughts and intents of the hearts of the wicked.

When we are so overburdened with the haughty attitude of those who live only for themselves, let us remember that this same long suffering God is also patient with us, His children. For truly, God sees and hears all things, and understands the thoughts and intents of our hearts as well. When our own hearts and minds carelessly forget the Lord, He is long suffering on our behalf as well.

Second, we must remember that everything God has purposed will come to pass. He has plans for the wicked which will be fulfilled exactly as He has ordained them to be. Either the wicked will at some point turn to God, or they will reject Him completely and suffer the condemnation that is due to them.

As children of God, let us remember to praise and acclaim the name of God Almighty, as well as that of the Lord Jesus Christ, for, but for the grace of God, we, too, would be walking in the shoes of the wicked. Let us not forget our own sin which had to be redeemed by Christ, Himself.
 21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21, King James Version)
May we never tire of praising the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. We deserved the death and punishment that He suffered on our behalf. We deserved the agony He experienced when He was separated from God, the Father, when He cried, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Ours was the pain thrust upon Him; ours was the cross He chose to bear on our behalf.

Let us, then, be patient with the wicked, and be ever in prayer that they might, by the grace of God, turn from their wicked ways and come to the cross of Christ and find forgiveness. 

What an amazing God we serve. As we whisper the question again, "How long," let us thank our dear Lord and Savior for His patience and long suffering. For, He will not return again until the last sheep has been found--until all whom the Father has given to Him come to the saving knowledge of the Lord, and accept Christ as their own personal Lord and Savior.

What an amazing God we serve; may we rejoice in Him now and forever!

God Bless You,

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