DayBreaks for 3/07/16: The Day God Will Be Vindicated
We might be tempted to think that God doesn’t need any vindication. But he does…and he will have it. Why? Because the slander and belittling of God, the attacking of God has been going on for a long, long time now – since before the creation of the world, apparently. And it will go on as long as this world will stand. But then it will stop – through the endless corridors of eternity it will never again happen.
What am I talking about? I am talking about the slanderous accusations against God, against His actions and choices, His plan and decisions, His very nature. In the Garden it raised up from the mouth of the evil one when he accused God of being a liar and untrustworthy = “Did God really say…You won’t die!” What was he saying? He was calling God a liar, pure and simple. He was saying God was deceiving and manipulating and untrustworthy. And the accusations continue to this day, in fact, we’ve echoed some of those things ourselves.
“God, how could you let this happen? You can’t be a good and loving God and let my little one die! God, why didn’t you hear my prayer?” And we doubt his goodness and rail against him. Pundits and politicians, princes and paupers, philosophers and poets have all attacked God and slandered him. And so have I at times.
But did you know that some day, God will be vindicated? It’s right there in Ephesians 2:4-7: – But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
In the coming endless eons of eternity, God will be vindicated. God will point to (get this!) us (His church) as the proof of His goodness, grace and kindness. Those who say he is unkind, that he is a hater, that he is mean and selfish and ugly and unloving – that he is a torturer and not a life-giver – will be silenced when they behold what God has done to rescue His people.
Isn’t that stunning? On that day, Satan will no longer make accusations for he will be silenced before the blinding truth of Ephesians 2:7 as the spotless bride of Christ is revealed and all can see what lengths God went to in order to save that which he loved. When Satan starts to make accusation on that day, I can imagine Jesus rising up from His throne at the right hand of the Father, stretching out his hands and feet, showing the wound in his side, and I can see Satan falling utterly silent as he is cast forever into the pit.
I can imagine all those who attacked and disparaged God not even daring to lift their eyes to see the risen Lord – whose scars bear witness to what kind of Being God is.
God will be vindicated. And I will be there to see it and join in as the praises swell into a mighty chorus! How I long to see it!
TODAY’S PRAYER: Great Father, Abba, for all the times I’ve been tempted to doubt your goodness, when I have said disparaging things or thought them of you, forgive me! I long to see Your great vindication! Let me be there and let me be one who is part of that vindication! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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