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new millenia, same story

By Jonah Gallagher
October 24, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE to read today’s passages.

Jeremiah 44:24-47:7
2 Timothy 2:22-3:17
Psalm 94:1-23
Proverbs 26:6-8

Reading Psalm 94 reminds me that, while technology and medicine have greatly changed throughout history, human nature has not. We are just as broken and in need of a Savior as humanity has ever been. The psalmist asks the same questions I have about our world especially in 2020. “How long will the wicked prosper? God, why don’t you do something about this? Do you see what’s happening here? How can you be okay with this?” Many days in 2020 I feel like this. But reading these passages reminds me that I am not in control, I’m not the first person to notice this, and it’s been happening for millennia.

The psalmist is here with the answer and rebuke. “Understand, O dullest of the people! Fools, when will you be wise? He who planted the ear, does he not hear? He who formed the eye, does he not see?” God has never been surprised by what is happening on Earth.

We live in a world run by broken, sinful people. That will always be true and as long as people are in charge. God has promised us a new heavens and new earth. Lately though, I’ve been asking myself, what do I do in the meantime? And the only answer I keep coming back to is: trust God. He has loved through the blood of His Son. None of 2020 has surprised or baffled Him and he hasn’t stopped loving us either. He holds his children in his hand and we do not need to see the workings behind the scenes. He asks us to trust Him and to live the way we were designed to live, trusting Him in all things.

To Memorize:

They gang up against the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.
But the Lord is my fortress;
my God is the mighty rock where I hide.
God will turn the sins of evil people back on them.
He will destroy them for their sins.
The Lord our God will destroy them.

— Psalm 94:21-23

Prayer to start with: God of the universe, we are grieving many things. We are in pain and do not understand in our small view what the whole picture is. Give us the wisdom and patience to know that you are in control. Remind us that we are broken people in need of the love of Jesus and give us the humility to accept that we are the creation not the creator. Amen.