When God Doesn’t Act As We Want

Psalm 10:1          1 Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

The God of power and might seems absent, hiding from us when trouble rears its ugly head. We think God should be chastising the wicked who persecute the poor. They are rotten to the core and act as if thy know that God won’t react. I don’t understand how they can flourish. I want them brought down off their high horse and I want God to bring them down. They hide in the shadows and ambush the poor. They go into the very places where the poor gather and there they connive and pray on the poor. Why, O why, do the wicked act in ways that should cause God to chasten them. Their very actions drive the poor and the helpless into your arms, O God, looking for comfort and security. Instead of a powerful response, Lord, you insist on your people — listen to the cries of the poor and helpless. There is a wisdom there that can fill your life. If you pay attention to the desires of their hearts, your heart will be strengthen, your resolve will be steeled, and you will stand with justice for the least, the last, the lost, and the left out. It is the desire of God’s heart that the oppressed will no longer be terrorized.

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