“Why, O Lord, do you stand afar off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” (Psalm 10:1)
The psalmist is amazed at the behavior of the wicked people in the world, and to him, it seems as if God is letting them get away with it. Many of us see the same thing occurring today. The wicked seem to prosper while we have it hard. It may seem to us that the words of this psalm explain what is happening in our world today. All around us people are ignoring God as if he was far off. They act like God is hiding and so they can do whatever they want until He returns.
We watch the looting that occurs in cities when riots or natural disasters strike. We see people carrying things out of stores, their faces revealed on TV cameras, but they seem to act with impunity. “How can this be?” we wonder. Where are the police? Where is God?
Is God truly far away? Does He not care what is happening in the world? Is God not going to do anything about evil? Can it be that the psalmist’s fear is actually true? The answer, of course, is no to all these questions. God is near his people and always will be. God cares just as He always has about justice and He keeps track without TV help. God has done something about evil. He denounced it in judgment when He sent His Son to the cross. One day God will judge the evil of the world and sentence it to eternal damnation.
Task for Today: Like those in Revelation you may want to cry out, “How long, O God.” Do not despair, judgment is coming, and when it comes, it will be severe. Your task is to live in the arms of Jesus, walking uprightly and showing the path of glory to others. The wicked will wind up in a lake of fire but you in the mansion of heaven.