It amazes me to see people cry out for justice, but when it doesn’t go their way, they scream and yell, lashing out at others. Our nation has become a bunch of spoiled children who stomp their feet and throw tantrums when they don’t get their own way. We see this played out time and time again in the history of the bible. A multitude of people willingly followed Moses out of Egypt until they disagreed with what they saw, then they lashed out at their leader, they were dissatisfied with the results of their Exodus.
Multitudes followed Jesus who healed their sick, loved on their little ones, raised their dead, but the moment accusations were raised, that same crowd turned on him, mocked him and crucified him. We’re all good when we agree with the message, but the moment things turn and we don’t get what we want, watch out! Mere suggestions of injustice has us up in arms when in reality, we don’t even have the facts, we’re merely riding on someone else’s emotional momentum. We think we have all the evidence, but it’s merely someone’s opinion, a fictitious account of made up reality. We want what we want and when we don’t get it, we are not satisfied until do.
Lamentations 3:19-23 NIV is such a ‘jerk my head back’ passage to me. It says, “I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall, I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
The long and short of it is this; nothing else matters but the great love of God and that we allow him to consume us with it. Some translations say, “loyalty”. God’s loyalty to us. We can be so unfaithful, so self-centered and wrong yet every morning when we rise out of our beds, Gods loyal love keeps us from being consumed by the thoughts and schemes of others. We simply must remember that there is a devil who hates us and wants bad for our lives, but there is a God whose compassions never fail.
Thank you Father for your unfailing love, your constant attention and compassion for us. When we become full of our own wants and desires, you never stop loving us. You’ve commanded us to love one another just like that. May our love turn around the evil in the hearts of those filled with hatred and violence. I know they will always be in the world, but we are not of this world, we are of a much greater Kingdom of love and each morning when we rise, we plug into that love and get regenerated so that we can love fresh again. May we lay down the hatred and our desire to be in control. May we simply love others and may that love make a difference. It’s in your name we ask this. Amen