Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Away from me, all you who do evil,
for the LORD has heard my weeping.
(Psalms 6:8 (NIV))
David was in anguish when he wrote this psalm. Anguish so deep that he wept uncontrollably. Still, he found comfort in the Lord. He found solace in knowing that the Lord was with him when he faced the evils that the world sent his way.
What evils do you face today? Do you turn toward God in those times?
What if the evils that we face grow tremendously? Will you and I still turn toward God in those times?
Think about those questions and reflect on these paraphrased stories from the non-mainstream news media.
A man was beaten because his party costume offended a Muslim man. The victim was lectured and the man who beat him was released without punishment by the judge. The victim was told that in certain countries, his act would have rightfully resulted in his death.
A government plan that mandates churches go against their beliefs and follow what the government dictates.
I am certain that you recognize the second summarized story, but sadly enough, the first one is also from this country.
Do these stories cause anguish within your heart? Do they cause you to weep because of the evil that they foreshadow? Are we ready to turn to God the way that David did in his times of anguish?
I have another piece of information for you to ponder. I have been reading some information from some historians and the consensus is that no country that has reached the point that we have as a nation has ever regained their former status.
Does that cause weeping and anguish? I know that it causes me some very serious distress. I know that I stand firmly in wanting to regain our faith, our values and our moral determination.
When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
(2 Chronicles 7:13-14 (NIV))
Turn to God in prayer. Follow David’s example and let the Lord know of your anguish and your weeping. Pray for His will to be done.
God will hear!