Bible Reading: Psalm 82

Psalm 82
God takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the rulers. How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah. Vindicate the weak and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them out of the hand of the wicked. They do not know nor do they understand; they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. I said, "You are gods, and all of you are sons of the Most High. "Nevertheless you will die like men and fall like any one of the princes." Arise, O God, judge the earth! For it is You who possesses all the nations.

A few years ago, we decided to take a vacation to Savannah and enjoy some east coast time. Our eldest, Josh, elected to stay home and work. Imagine our surprise on our second day there, when Josh calls us and asks, “Mom, you know that pear tree we used to have in the front yard?” He then proceeded to tell us of this great storm that blew through the neighborhood. Many homes were damaged, and our tree was snapped off at the base, and was lying on the ground. We were disappointed because the tree had been a gift from some dear friends. Thankfully, nothing else was damaged, and no one was injured. The big surprise came that next spring, when a thin shoot poked its way up through the earth and began to grow skyward, right where the tree had been. Apparently, the root system was strong enough to withstand even the complete breaking of the tree. It grew back, and we now have a beautiful pear tree once more.

We live in a time where the whole world seems to be going crazy. Our political system is a mess, there is injustice everywhere, and our hearts break for our nation as we see it spin seemingly out of control. That word “seemingly” is important. You know why? No matter what we may hear or see, God is still in control. He retains ownership and control over ALL the nations. That’s hard to wrap our heads around. God is not willing that the world perish in its sin, but He gives time and opportunity for all to come to Him and acknowledge His sovereignty and Lordship. Just like the pear tree, we as followers of Jesus need to be so firmly rooted in Him that no matter what happens to us, or what occurs around us, we can still have peace and joy, and the light of the gospel on our lips. Even if we get knocked down, we can grow back up, ever reaching to be more and more like our Savior.

Weekly Memory Verse:  Vindicate the weak and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them out of the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82.3-4