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Day 9

Day 9

Author: Glen Groenewold
June 18, 2020

 

Feeling the Word During Recent Events:

Psalm 68 (NIV)
19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
    who daily bears our burdens.
20 Our God is a God who saves;
    from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.
21 Surely God will crush the heads of his enemies,
    the hairy crowns of those who go on in their sins.
22 The Lord says, “I will bring them from Bashan;
    I will bring them from the depths of the sea,
23 that your feet may wade in the blood of your foes,
    while the tongues of your dogs have their share.”

 

I have spent most of my time at home since March 14th. Previously, running here and there, typically had some degree of purpose, but also to some extent served as a trigger, I have realized, wherein I would sweep excess emotions under the rug on the way out the door. No longer running here and there; that process of “dealing” with emotions broke down, and those emotions became difficult to ignore. During this time frame, I read the passage above from the Psalms and it helped me with the emotions associated with recent issues, that I previously was not mature enough emotionally to handle.

When I read v19 – 20 I was reassured and reminded, that my salvation through Jesus Christ means that there is more for me, now, and beyond an earthly death. That reassurance, up against the risk of getting coivd-19 and dying, was sufficient to balance my emotions in that regard. v21 was painful, though, as I had to admit that I go on sinning.

In my head, I accepted the need for justice, and even extreme justice within the historical and Biblical context of the Old Testament. But it was not until I watched the video of George Floyd, that I felt the need for that kind of justice from v21 – 23 in my heart, emotionally. After watching the life ebb out of his face, at the hands of another man, in such vivid detail, I felt the need for that level of justice. I felt it so strong that it would have wrecked me, if v19 “bears our burdens” were not there. I felt God prodding me to turn to Him with those emotions, and it was there, fully feeling those emotions with Him that I made progress.

Then I watched as looters broke into stores, and in one store, had my fellow employees fleeing out the back of the store as the front was being battered in. Back again, to a point where I felt the need for strong justice to right yet another injustice. And God again prodded me to turn to Him with those emotions. As I felt the emotions with God this time, I realized that He understood, and shared my strong emotions against injustice. But with that, I also was hit again by the prior painful emotion, that I was unjust; v21 “those who go on in their sins”.

I went through a brief mental gyration, about my sin being less than the other guys’, but was reminded quickly that that had its roots in thinking I could to earn my way into vs 19 – 20. And from previously having tried to go down that path, knew that that discredited theory doesn’t make any sense, or God would not have allowed the injustice of the world to be placed on His own Son. What father would do that if it were not necessary. That in God’s willingness to do that, as the only avenue to address the injustice of a broken world and at the same time save it (John 3:17), it unlocked a breakthrough for me. I had no right to carry the need for justice wrought against someone else, God owns that, not me. And while I feel that need, I must feel it with God, for there to be a healthy outcome.

John 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

 

Prayer

 

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me an intolerance to injustice, and the accompanying emotions. Thank you as well, for being there to bear those burdens with me. And above all, thank you for the incomparable sacrifice you made in order to bring about justice, and in the only way that could also save me from my sin. Please remind me of this each and every day. Amen.

 

Glen Groenewold

 


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