Tuesday, October 20 2020 Devotional
"Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, 'You will not call to account'? But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless."
Psalm 10 asks the question of God, “Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?” And then it proceeds to describe the arrogance, deceitful speech, and oppressive behavior of wicked people as they manipulate things to their advantage so they can continue to profit from the poor and helpless.
At the root of the criminal mind, whether it’s a drug cartel boss, a crooked politician, or an abortion “provider,” is the thought that God isn’t watching, doesn’t care, and won’t call him to account. When we oppress others with our sinful and selfish behavior, we fall into the same kind of thinking.
When we are victims (or merely observers) of the sin of others we wonder,“Where is God? Why doesn’t He do anything about it? Why does He allow this to continue?”
God knows that the question is born out of our feelings of frustration and helplessness, so He gives us the answer in His Word here, and in many places: “Don’t be afraid, just trust me.”
At the root of sin is unbelief; the failure to believe that God is watching or that He cares. At the root of our frustration is that same unbelief. The answer is faith:“to You the helpless commits himself; You have been the helper of the fatherless.”
Don’t be afraid of the powerful and apparently undefeatable wicked. God is taking it all into account, and He is the one to Whom we can flee for help.
Lord Jesus, have mercy. Deliver us from evil. Forgive our unbelief, and help us to entrust ourselves to You. You are the refuge of the weary and the healer of the broken. Thank You for watching and hearing, and for assuring us that You will act in Your time to bring justice and relief. We wait for You, Lord. Amen.
Pastor Daniel Giles