Will the coming of Christ be a joyful event, for you?

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Revenge  |  August 24

Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns; the world also is firmly established, it shall not be moved; he shall judge the peoples righteously.”
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the LORD.
For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth.

Psalm 96:10-13


Father, when we see evil having its way in the hearts and minds of people, we get impatient, wanting You to intervene and to restore obedience and love for one another and You. Father, teach us to cope with such feelings while maintaining an inner peace that You are present, You are witnessing the thoughts and actions of evil people. You are coming, Jesus, to judge the earth.

We sometimes want You to destroy evil now, forgetting that we, before our relationship with You was sealed, were evil as well. Father, help us not to judge evil but to look for ways to be a light in a dark place. A soul that is perishing is a devastatingly sad thing to watch. Give us the courage to try, in Your strength, to help others see You as we see You, our Father, Savior, Comforter, Counselor and Refuge.

The field of flowers and the trees and all that is created shout of your joy, if we could but listen. Help us look up and acknowledge your majesty when we are inclined to hang our head, bearing burdens you would have us give to You. We pray for renewal this day, in Jesus’ Holy name. Amen.

Bruce Caldwell

The Sola Scriptura Project

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