In Psalm 46:10 we read, “Be still and know that I am God…” Habakkuk 2:20 rejoins, “…Let all the earth be silent before Him.” At one time in my life I considered myself to be an Apologist or “Defender” of the tenets of Christianity. Inevitably, that lead me to trying to defend God Himself. That was until I realized that God does not need me to defend, or apologize for Him.
On the other hand I cannot ignore the rampant evil, treachery and murderous victimization of the weak and defenseless… And I fain would dare to bring these things to God’s attention and ask for an explanation. That is, until I am rescued by His love, and the realization that He is omniscient, and it was He who taught me to love and to care and to be compassionate… and I can never be more concerned about those He created than He is. And so what do I do when questions abound about what I cannot understand, and concerning which I dare not ask a question? I bow my head and my heart in silence and worship and cry “Holy… Holy, Holy … Lord God Almighty.”
Of course I understand that so long as the Devil is free, there will be evil. But the Devil is only a created being and no match for my God… So why does God not just… But just in time, I shut my mouth, bow my head and worship Him. And so in the midst of the evil all around me, I settle for letting my light shine to the honor and glory of His Name. Where by my words or actions I can make a difference, I do so. I praise Him and thank Him for what He has done for me and to me and through me, and to cleanse me from all iniquity. And for potential victims and perpetrators of evil, I pray for God’s mercy… And often through tears, and with a heart for the oppressed, I bow to the Lord in His holy temple, in silence before Him (Habakkuk 2:20).
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