– by Martin Makin
Please read Psalm 10…
In the first film of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Fellowship of the Ring, drawn together to guide and protect Frodo in his mission to destroy the Ring, find themselves navigating the mines of Moria. At one point in the journey, Frodo says to Gandalf, “ I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had ever happened”.
Gandalf replies, “ So do all who fall upon such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, other than the force of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the ring and that means that you were meant to have it, and that is an encouraging thought.”
The Psalmist in Psalm 10 finds himself beginning his petition towards God in a state of confusion, “Why do you stand afar off, O Lord, why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” Joseph himself in the Genesis story had been the victim of cruel injustice at the hands of his jealous brothers, only to find his circumstances deteriorate as a lie results in him being thrown into prison for crimes he did not commit. The people of God down the ages have suffered persecution, suffering and discrimination and today all of us can speak of circumstances in our lives that don’t seem to add up under the notion of an all loving God.
However, the Scriptures are littered with example after example of where the injustice of an evil world system, was used by God to bring about His purpose for good. Joseph admits to his brothers in a later meeting, “You intended it for evil, but God intended it for good.” He ruled Egypt rescuing his family and the known world at that time from hunger and starvation through his wise leadership.
The apostle Paul in Galatians 4:7 says, “Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” We have the privilege of being called a child of God, adopted into His family, that we might cry out “Abba Father”, literally Daddy. Jesus also said in Matthew 7:11, “If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him.”
We are God’s children, chosen by Him and there is nothing we could go through that He is not ready for, that He is not aware of and that He cannot use to bring about good, both for us and through us.