DayBreaks for 3/07/16 – The Day God Will Be Vindicated

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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DayBreaks for 9/26/14 – Showing My Enemies

DayBreaks for 9/26/14 – Showing My Enemies

Psalm 23:5 (NKJV) – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.

When I think of enemies right now, my mind is filled with pictures of ISIL/ISIS followers, a bloody knife in one hand and the head of someone they just beheaded in the other.  It’s an ugly picture, but it is a picture that many are facing right now as ISIS forces have surrounded towns and villages, attacking, looting, raping and killing – all in the name of a god they claim to serve.

And if I can be honest here, the images and videos of the beheadings seem to at least have awakened the sleeping sensitivities of the world against such barbarism.  At least for the time being.  And it makes us cry out for retribution, for some way to show the enemy is wrong.

The Psalmist had many enemies – and many times they were seeking to kill him.  As he wrote what we call verse 5 in the 23rd Psalm, I wonder if he had them in mind – and if he penned this verse as a way of claiming vindication.

Who appears to have the power in northern Iraq and portions of Syria?  It’s ISIS, right? People are running, understandably, for their lives.  But the families who have had members raped and killed and beaten want their faithfulness to God to be shown to be worth something.  And so, enter verse 5.

It will be God Himself and no other, who prepares the table, inviting us as His honored guests, to sit at a feast He has set for us.  The enemies will be there, but they are not invited to sit, to partake.  And because it is God and not some helpless villager in the midst of some desert, the enemy will be absolutely, totally and forever powerless.  They will be on the outside.  God is showing our enemies who really is in the right and who is favored.

Here David is showing that he will be vindicated by God.  But that’s not all: “Vengeance is Mine, I SHALL repay..” is the rest of the bargain that God has forged with us.  As surely as God will spread the table with the choicest of fare, He will as surely exact vengeance for every cut of the knife, every woman violated, every home destroyed and every life injured.

God has a plan for us – a wonderful, marvelous plan!  He also has a plan for His enemies.

PRAYER: Lord, keep us from pride or gloating over the fate of Your enemies.  Help us to pray for Your Spirit of the love of Jesus to sweep like a Mighty Wind through the hearts of those who are so evil and violent that they may, by the same sheer grace that will save us, turn from their evil and sit at the table!  Thank You for the table and festive celebration that awaits us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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