Devotion for Friday May 12

But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. ~ Hebrews 11:16

In the Psalm this morning, we cry out to God “how Long will the ungodly triumph?” We have all experienced what, at least at the moment, seemed liked a great injustice, and we cry out to God wondering why this has happened to us. We’d been good, kind, even faithful and yet someone has done something mean, cruel, or even vicious to us.

I think this is why Karma holds such a favored position in American’s imagination. Culturally we like the idea that the universe is keeping track and eventually those who have wronged us will get their due. Of course, as Christians, we know that God is the final judge of all men’s souls. God is not, however, a distant bookkeeper, keeping tallies of our good and bad, rather he is a sovereign, merciful, and kind God.

Our desire as Christians, therefore, is that those who have wronged us would repent and believe. We pray that they too would come to the mercy that we enjoy. We know as long as we are in this age that there will be wickedness and unkindness, but we are called to turn the other cheek and look forward to the future promise of the better, heavenly country.

We have a sure hope in Jesus Christ that in His death and resurrection, and in his coming again all will be made right and one day we will join with all the saints in the eternal worship of our Holy Father.

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