Different members of our church family write these reflections each week to go along with the two year reading plan the church is participating in. It is our hope that these reflections help you to get in to your Bible throughout the week and be challenged by the word of God.
Read Psalm 74 (Mon 10/30)
“O God, why do you cast us off forever? Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of you pasture?” As I read this first line of Psalm 74, I couldn’t help but think of Naomi and her initial reaction to the hardships that God brought her through with the death of her husband and her sons. I think it is human to react in a questioning way when we go through immense trial, but I also think that there is a right and wrong way to do so. As we have heard Pastor Tim mention in the first two sermons of the “Ruth” series, Naomi’s response to God was a bitter one. She had undergone immense loss, but the lack of hope in God that she displayed could have been damaging to her own faith and to her witness to her daughter-in-laws.
In Psalm 74, the writer is lamenting in response to the plight of this Israelites as a people, and in his lament he questions God’s presence with his people. However, rather than going down a road of bitterness and lack of hope, he instead turns his eyes to the character of God that he knows is true. Rather than losing all hope, he calls for God to arise, because he knows God is there and cares.
For Reflection: What do we need to lament in our lives or the world around us, and how can we do so healthily?
Read Psalm 82 (Friday 11/3)
The mantra in secular society toward Christianity often sounds something along the lines of “How could God exist with all the evil around us?” or, “How can God be good or loving if he allows such bad things to happen?” or, “If there is a God, then how come bad people get away with so much?” We know these are all uber-cliche statements in the typical “Christians vs. secular culture” face-off, but they ring true in a time where seemingly senseless evil is prevalent in the mainstream and affects everyone around us in some way.
Psalm 82 gives us a hope in, and a glimpse of God’s sovereignty and justice. In a time when we don’t feel like we can trust many of our leaders or people in powerful positions, we need a reminder that God is indeed there, and he does care about the messes in the world around us. God himself is the one who brings justice for the weak and innocent, the needy and the oppressed. Not only should we find solace in this truth, but we should be in ernest prayer for God to bring Justice.
For Reflection: Are we trusting and hoping in God’s justice, and how can we bring hope to the people around us who are suffering?
Reflections written by Daniel Rico