#2131 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Psalm 10: 1Why, Lord, do you stand afar
and pay no heed in times of trouble?
2 Arrogant scoundrels pursue the poor;
they trap them by their cunning schemes.
3 The wicked even boast of their greed;
these robbers curse and scorn the Lord.
4 In their insolence the wicked boast:
“God does not care; there is no God.”
5 Yet their affairs always succeed;
What the Psalmist expresses here is perhaps the greatest conundrum that confronts people who are facing the problem of balancing the physical reality of sin and sinful people over and against the call to faith and trust that beckons them to the cross of Jesus Christ. But it is that very cross that must ever and always answer the “Why?” question for us. John 16:33 reminds us that Jesus knew full well that sometimes life just doesn’t make sense. The reality of our hope is the promise that this is not all there is.
Some years ago while on a fishing trip in Colorado I attempted to take a short cut back to my car. I ended up climbing a narrow shale filled defile that was extremely steep. There were portions of that climb where I would slip back two steps for every step forward. What promised to be a “short cut” cost much more in expended energy than had I taken the long way around. So it is with this apparent dichotomy of the Christian life. But note this. It only appears that sin is winning. Scripture is filled with stories of the “comeuppance” of sinners. Be of good cheer Jesus has overcome the world.