August 7

Malachi 3-4, Psalm 64

Many of us remember the widely televised trial of OJ Simpson in 1995. The evidence consisted of blood from the victims on pretty much everything of OJ's, OJ's hair found on victims, the famous bloodied gloves which were the same that his wife bought him found at the crime scene, shoe prints matching OJ's shoes, his fleeing from the police in his white Bronco, plus much more. We all watched his lawyers weave their way through the proceedings and see OJ Simpson handed a verdict of not guilty. The nation was in shock as the injustice of our current system was readily apparent. In Malachi 2:17, the people question God's fairness and justice asking, "...Where is the God of justice?"

As opposed to the world's system, we should never mistake God's patience for approval or impotence. He is sovereign and all is going along according to His timing. Without the reality of eternity nothing on earth would make sense. We read in Mal 3:2, "But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire...". In Mal 3:5-6, it goes on to say, "And I will come near you for judgment; I will be a swift witness Against sorcerers, Against adulterers, Against perjurers, Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, And against those who turn away an alien-Because they do not fear Me," Says the Lord of hosts. "For I am the Lord, I do not change;..". The chapter ends with, "Then you shall again discern Between the righteous and the wicked, Between one who serves God And one who does not serve Him."

Those of us who have put our trust in God may continue to see injustice on this earth until Jesus returns. Though we have not felt the brunt of Christian persecution in our nation, our brothers and sisters are withstanding tremendous horrors standing firm for Christ in regions like the Middle East, China and Africa, and our prayers should be with them continually. For us, as we continue to see the injustice in our own nation worsen, we need to remember the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:11-13, "For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is." For anyone else who is building their lives on any other foundation, meaning not Jesus Christ, God's justice will be served in the Lake of Fire discussed in Revelation 20:11-15. While there is still time may we reach others so that they place their hope on Jesus Christ, the true foundation.

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