I pray today, Lord, for the politicians in our parliament as they get down to the business of overseeing the government departments and formulating laws and regulations. Give them integrity and diligence, insight and wisdom. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ – AMEN.
I pray today, Lord, for all people who are labouring in the grip of alcohol abuse and the consequent loss of self-control and dignity. Confront them with the error of their ways. Help them to recognise the truth about themselves. Help them to change. I ask it in Jesus’ name – AMEN.
I thank you Lord for the modern translations of the Bible that open the Word of God to millions of today’s readers. Help those who are interpreting the Bible message today to do so with skill and simplicity and to make it plain for ordinary people. I ask it in Christ’s name – AMEN.
“The God of the Arrow shoots! They double up in pain, fall flat on their faces in full view of the grinning crowd. Everyone sees it. God’s work is the talk of the town”.
Ps 64:7, 8, 9 EHP
One of the unique features of the Bible is its persistent emphasis that God favours goodness and righteousness. He is an ethical God. It is possible at times to get the impression that he is so favourable towards the Israelites that he might turn a blind eye to their moral failures. But that is not so. Their moral failures are a big problem to God precisely because he is so uncompromisingly ethical. He wants goodness. He approves of goodness and deplores evil wherever it comes from.
The psalmist tries to stay on the side of righteousness and truth but the constant enmity of evil people towards him becomes a fixation that tends to warp his thinking. But in the end he comes round to this deep conviction, that God is on the side of right – and God loves him so he will deal with the evildoers who make themselves his enemies. People in the Old Testament had no difficulty thinking of the spiritual warfare that God waged with evil people.
Some Christian disciples have such a wishy-washy idea of God that they cannot bring themselves to think of God opposing anything. But John’s Gospel constantly emphasises the conflict between light and darkness, truth and falsehood, God and evil. Do not minimise this aspect of truth and Christian belief. Be aware of evil in the world and the wrongness of it. It is alive and causing trouble today every bit as in the psalmist’s day two and a half or three thousand years ago.
Lord, help me to recognise evil in your world today.
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