“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Psalm 37:23-25
We have been looking at Psalm 37 and David’s questioning as to why God does not punish the wicked immediately and reward the just. We have considered six words that David placed his faith in God upon: fret not, trust, delight, commit, rest, and cease from anger. Time has not permitted us to go into these in detail, but I trust that each of you will take time to read this whole Psalm, consider the scriptures that we have looked at and ask the Lord to direct you to others.
David posed his questions to God and reached the conclusion that God was in complete control. Though he did not understand why, He chose to trust and leave everything in God’s hand. In the verses quoted above, he showed his perfect trust in the Lord, that he would never be forsaken and that his every need would be met. He delighted in the way of the Lord and God honoured him for that.
As we look around at our world today, we may wonder like David did why evil seems to prevail. The atrocities that are taking place in Ukraine over the past few months are unbelievable. People are questioning why God is allowing it to happen. When we turn our radio on and hear the news of mass shootings in various places, innocent people targeted by fellow men, it breaks our heart. It is then that we must remember that God sees the bigger picture, and He is in control. Our comfort and hope can be found in scriptures such as:
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
Romans 8:37-39 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we do not always understand what is going on in our world, but our hope and our trust is in you. We know you are in control, and we are confident that your hand is upon us, and all things work together for our good.
Devotion by Anne Johnston