Pastor Andy is preaching on “I’ve still got issues” for the next few weeks. I personally believe that we will have issues until the day we die because we are human.
There are always going to be areas in my life that need the touch of God, and I am so thankful that He is full of mercy and grace.
However, there have been times when I wished God wasn’t so merciful with others. Have you ever felt that way?
I am like: ” Why don’t you just zap them God? Why not? They continue to hurt others.”
When I see others take advantage of ordinary folks in land deals, I get upset. When I see others take money from folks in a scam, I get upset. When the crooks continue to prosper and get wealthy, I get upset. When the innocent continue to be hurt, I get upset.
Pastor Andy said Sunday that God delays judgment on the wicked to give them time to repent. God tries to get their attention because He wants to extend His mercy and His grace to all.
Andy’s sermon was from the book of Habakkuk. This prophet lived in a chaotic, sinful world like us. He wondered if God even cared about what was happening. He wondered if God even listened to Him. Have you ever been there?
Habakkuk complained to God that the evil prospered while the good people suffered. I know that I have complained about that, for sure!
God answered Habakkuk’s prayer, just as He answers ours today. If you read the Scripture, God says that the evil will be brought to justice and that the Truth will prevail. It is also written that His perfect justice and endless grace will be revealed at the right time, not before. God also assures us that the His timing is perfect, and we will be glad that we waited for it. In addition, God says that all will see His glory. Not one, not two, but ALL!
Wow! Like the God of the Universe really does care that I am over here griping and crying out to Him that justice needs to prevail. When the time is right, it is gonna happen. God will balance the scales of justice. Praise God!!
There are times that I want God to balance the scales of justice right now. When I see a friend who is hurt by other relatives for what I think is not a big deal, I want it now. When I see little kids hurt by their parents’ behavior, I want justice now.
When I see a wife bawling her eyes out because her husband won’t stop drinking, I want justice now. When I see old folks not able to buy groceries because their medicine takes all their money, I want justice now.
Like that commercial, it’s my money, and I want it now. Well, I feel like it’s my justice, and I want it now.
Like Habakkuk, I have complained to God about the state of our nation, our state, our county, our city, and even closer to home before, I have asked for Him to take care of things. He answered Habakkuk, and He answers me now.
It is written in Habakkuk 2:”Woe to him who piles up stolen good and makes himself wealthy by extortion. …Because you have plundered many nations, the peoples left will plunder you….You have plotted the ruin of many peoples, shaming your own house and forfeiting your life…Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed and establishes a town with crime!..For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. The Lord is in His temple and all will be silent before Him.”
His mercy, His goodness, and His justice will be fulfilled. Take heart. Although it may seem that evil prospers, the goodness of God will overcome the evil. Through Jesus Christ, we are overcomers. We will overcome that which comes against us, and God’s justice will prevail.
Take heart from the book of Habakkuk. You are not forgotten. God sees your plight, and He most certainly does care. The answer is on the way.
Like in the old movies, good does win in the end. I know because I have read The Book. Have you read The Book too? God wins, and that’s the rest of the story.
Jan Allbritton is a Diboll resident who teaches at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School.