Advent Reading: Not all is set right in this world

Psalm 10 is a stark reminder of the need for Advent. When we seem to think God is standing far off, he is indeed “breaking in” to this world. 

I remember years ago reading some preacher who said we need to read the Bible with one hand and the newspaper with the other. Which begs the question today: What’s a newspaper? 

Yet, we can read the Word and read the news and events of this world and it leads us to understand a couple of things:

  1. Human nature is human nature and not much has changed through the millennia.
  2. It is vital to see what God has to say about the world’s situation… and pray the Scriptures as we discern the times.

I read Psalm 10 and think, “How is it so easy to predict today’s events?”

 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak,
    who are caught in the schemes he devises.
He boasts about the cravings of his heart;
    he blesses the greedy and reviles the Lord. (Ps. 10:2,3)

There is an arrogance about the greedy and powerful. Some don’t care in a way that says, “Who cares if there is a God? He’s not doing much here!” Some don’t care in a way that says, “God takes care of those who take care of themselves.”

There is a desperation of “how long, O Lord” in this psalm. This is the need for advent. We need God to BREAK IN! We need God to come!

It is a cry that asks, “Why isn’t God showing up?”

It is a cry of faith. It is a prayer that God will show up. We just don’t know when.

The darkness of the season, along with the darkness of our times, calls us to look to the coming of the Lord.

We need a prayer of faith to rise up in us as well:

17 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that mere earthly mortals
    will never again strike terror.

Lord, we face times when yet again the powerful trample over those in need to further their own cause. Lord, how long? We know you see. We know you will respond. In darkness let our hearts trust you. Amen.

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