Monday, June 29, 2015

Pastor's Ponderings, June 29, 2015

God Is Still Large and In Charge

In a recent New York Times editorial, the writer wondered why poor people do not rise up against the increasing inequality and the deterioration of their own situations from healthcare losses, job possibilities dwindling, educational costs rising, and other disappearing opportunities.  He responds, “The answer is that those bearing the most severe costs of inequality are irrelevant to the agenda-setters in both parties. …They may have a voice in urban politics, but on the national scene they no longer fit into the schema of the left or the right. They are pushed to the periphery except for a brief moment on Election Day when one party wants their votes counted, and the other doesn’t.”

As one who participated in the sixties direct action movements and who protested against the various isms of the age, I have also wondered why there isn’t more outrage against man’s inhumanity to man conducted bloodlessly through institutional arrangements that benefit some and hurt others.  But thank God, in spite of how it looks, we don’t have to rise up in arms; He is in control and not man.  Although injustice may permeate our system, our God has all of our leaders under His control (Proverbs 21:1).

The best thing is that we don’t have to rail against what is happening in society, God is working all of these events for our good (Romans 8:28).  No matter who is a billionaire or pauper, in power or out of power, we can safely and contentedly know that God is for me (Psalm 56:9).  We can also know that if we are willing and obedient, we will receive good things from Him (Isaiah 1:19).  God has instructed us not to worry or fret about people doing bad things as a group or individually (Psalm 37:1-2, Psalm 37:7-8).

We can rejoice knowing that, for those who love God, our life successes lie in obedience to Him and in praising and worshipping the only God our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 21:1
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21 In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him.

Romans 8:28
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28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Psalm 56:9
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Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me.

Isaiah 1:19
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19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;

Psalm 37:1-2
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1 Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away

Psalm 37:7-8
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Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.

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