Tuesday, April 19, 2011

God on Vacation?

The helpless are overwhelmed and collapse; they fall beneath the strength of the wicked. They wicked say to themselves, "God isn't watching! he will never notice!" Arise O Lord! Punish the wicked, O God! Do not forget the helpless! Why do the wicked get away with cursing God? How can they think, "God will never call us to account?" Psalm 10: 10-13 NLT

We have thoroughly seen the wicked and their victims described. Now the question is: God where have you been while all this is going on? The wicked are taking advantage of your supposed absence!

Where has God been? Verse 12 acts like God has been asleep or just laying around on a cloud somewhere being serenaded by angels. God, wake up! Can't you see what is happening all around us? Don't the helpless need you to save them? Don't the wicked deserve punishment for all their awful deeds?

Have you ever felt as though God had gone on vacation in your life? What was happening to make it appear that God was not acting on your behalf? Did you feel forgotten? Did you appeal for some action on God's behalf?

Did you ever consider that perhaps it was you who went on vacation from God? Whether or not we are among the wicked, we will be called to account. God doesn't sleep or ignore us. God is there with us, sometimes answering us right away, and other times not responding to our petitions in the way we want. God's timing is perfect, however, and we must not give up hope.

God, forgive us when we take vacations from you. Help us to know your presence, even when our prayers and petitions go unanswered. Thank you for the gift of hope. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2011 Amelia G. Sims

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