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December 18, 1997

Did You See That, God?

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Why, O LORD, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? PSALM 10:1
For such a personal God, a God who allows us into an intimate relationship with Him, God sometimes can seem extremely distant.
In describing the wicked man, David tells us, “His ways are always prosperous” (Psalm 10:5), which hardly seems fair. But reality tells us that his assertion is valid. We look around at wicked people, and we see that they prosper. They make money. They have power and control and influence. They climb to positions of authority. They fill their lives with pleasures.
This leaves many people to draw one of two conclusions: Either God doesn’t care about what happens in the lives of human beings, or God really isn’t there. After all, they reason, how could a loving God allow all of this evil?
And yet, He does.
In setting up this portrait of wickedness, David openly wondered why God would allow the wicked to prosper. It’s a question he asks many times in Scripture. It’s a question others ask in Scripture as well. That’s because evil has had a foothold on humanity since the Fall.
But remember, David was crying out for salvation. We live with the promise of salvation. We are blessed to live in the post-Christ era, a time when God’s plan for redemption has been unveiled. We should have a greater sense of what eternity will look like, both for believers in Jesus and for the wicked. We know God isn’t hiding, that He isn’t ignoring the wicked, that He will deliver on David’s pleas for relief and justice.
The question, then, is this: What are we doing with that knowledge?

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