Wednesday, April 25, 2012

We are your children

Sorry about such a long time without a written devotional. I hope you have continued to spend at least a minute or more with God each day!

God presides over heaven's court; he pronounces judgment on the heavenly beings: “How long will you hand down unjust decisions by favoring the wicked? Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people. But these oppressors know nothing; they are so ignorant! They wander about in darkness, while the whole world is shaken to the core. I say, ' You are gods, you are all children of the Most High. But you will die like mere mortals and fall like every other ruler.' ” Rise up, O God, and judge the earth, for all the nations belong to you. Psalm 82 NLT

Who does God really care for?

In this psalm, God is judging heavenly beings – I would assume these would be angels. Apparently, the angels weren't going around preventing good people from being hurt or killed. Instead, these heavenly beings were doing nice things for the wicked. Meanwhile, the poor, destitute, helpless and oppressed were being beaten down by these same wicked people. And those that were mistreating them were totally ignorant of the wrongs they were doing. God tells the angels that they are children of God but that they would die like mere mortals because of what they have done, or, rather, what they have not done.

Now, if God so judges angels, are you and I going to come out any better? Are we giving justice to the poor and the orphan? Are we upholding the rights of the oppressed and destitute? Are we helping to deliver the poor and helpless from evil people?

I don't think I am doing any better than the heavenly beings.

God, forgive us for not helping those who are helpless and poor. Forgive us for being as ignorant as the wicked. We want to be your children in more than name alone. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims

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