Revelation 16; Esther 9-10; Psalm 107:23-43
There is an amazing similarity in all three readings today. The Revelation passage tells of God’s judgment being poured out on earth. The people left on earth react to the judgment by cursing God. In Esther, we see the end of a story that could have been real trouble for the Jews. While God is not mentioned in that story, we see His work without too much effort. In this case, He brings protection from the troubles.
In the passage from Psalms over the last two days we have seen a litany of troubles all solved as people turned to Him. The troubles appear as natural disasters, but there is no doubt that these are God’s judgments. Yet the people did not turn bitter; they turned and sought God. “Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the LORD.” (Psalm 107:43) What an amazing challenge!
What is it that you are facing today? Are you facing trials or judgments? Does it seem like the world is arrayed against you? Does the universe have it out for you? When someone asks you “How’s it going?” are you going to be tempted to tell the truth, or answer with the cultural “Going good!” Ultimately, our relationship with God depends on our reactions when troubles come. Do we blame God for the troubles? Or do we accept the troubles, prepare to overcome, and consider the great love of the Lord?
Lord God, speak to me in the midst of my troubles. Help me to recognize You presence and Your great love in the midst of all that happens.