“Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins, all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary.” Psalm 74:3.
“The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon.” Psalm 74:16.
The same psalm with two different attitudes about God.
In verse 3, the writer tries to alert God of something that has happened. Maybe God was on vacation and missed it?
In verse 16, the writer is caught up in Who God is. It is safe to assume that the earlier (in the psalm) concern has waned.
The Bible is living. It never stops being applicable.
How often am I caught up in the magnitude of a problem before realizing that God does not have magnitude limitations?
I mentioned two unbelieving relatives yesterday. It is easy for me to write them off as beyond God’s sphere of influence. To do that is completely wrong on my part! The God that made day and night doesn’t cringe at the size of anything.
How often I see the problem but don’t consider the Problem Solver. God knows of my two relatives and He can bring them to Him. End of story! I must thank God for what He will do with them.
I was at a meeting yesterday regarding high school sports in New Hampshire. God had me there, I suspect, to hear the prevailing attitude about transgenders. This was the approach that I heard: If a boy thinks he’s a girl, he can play on a girls’ team. If a boy thinks he’s a boy, he must play on a boys’ team. As a Godly person, I was trying to wrap my brain around the confusion/conflict this thinking represents. The accommodations are being made for a lifestyle that defies Scriptural logic.
At the same meeting, efforts were described for getting into high schools in the state to help kids dealing with drugs and depression. These are behaviors that are considered to need help. No question they do, but what about “help” for the other behavior mentioned above? Is that settled science!
Troubling, to say the least. But that’s where today’s verses kick in for me. These things look like overwhelmingly destructive behaviors. They look like out-of-control cultural curses BUT not to God. He knows about them. He has solutions. And those solutions may involve me. Am I in the ready-and-willing mode? I had better be.
Conclusion: There is evil in my midst. God, however, is not overwhelmed by it. I must trust Him. I must be ready to be part of His solution if needed.