Prayer for the day
May God be merciful to us and bless us, show us the light of his countenance and come to us. Let your ways be known upon earth, your saving health among all nations.
Scripture for the day
A lot of people wonder about God. They wonder about his ways. They wonder about why he does what he does, and why it seems that no matter what we do, God just allows anything and everything to happen to us. It even perplexed the writers of the Psalms as they lamented the seemingly indifferent nature of God.
Yet in the book of Habakkuk, we get a picture of the God who not only cares deeply, we get a picture of the God who is Just. This God is not capricious like other gods of the Ancient Near East. This is the God whose very name is synonymous with Justice and Truth. This is the God who refuses to cater to bribes or be cajoled into doing something other than what his sovereign will has determined. This God is the God who will do what he will do according to his nature, which is a nature steeped in justice and truth.
The writer of Revelation presents the same picture of God as he describes the victorious saints who have triumphed over the beast, and who stand praising God, singing:
“Great and marvelous are your deeds,
Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
King of the nations.
Who will not fear you, Lord,
and bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
John hears the wonderful words ringing out and conveys the nature of God to us: God is Holy, God is Just, and God is True. There is nothing God does that is not in keeping with these characteristics.
Thanks be to God.