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Ralph's Daily Devotional - Friday, May 25

In exploring Exodus and the bondage of God's people, we can consider Psalm 37 which speaks volumes on this issue.  This Psalm deals with a subject we all struggle with: why it it so often that those who ignore God seem yet to live well, while those who seek God and live upright suffer and struggle?  Justice seems upside down. 

Here the inspired psalmist reminds us that God does not work on our timetable.  His righteousness seems at times to take forever! 

Maybe God is sleeping, or just isn't all that interested, or is powerless or unwilling to change what seems to be a cruel joke and foolish against the hope that we as people of faith are called to cling to.  Is this possible?

For many, Hitler seemed unstoppable, and his evil agenda for world domination was for a time within his grasp.  For the Hebrews living in Egypt 400 years prior to Moses, the Exodus from Egypt seemed a fool's dream as year after year, century after century, the promises of God went unfulfilled.

But these evildoers all had their day and were brought down to perish, while the people of God continued and ultimately overcame.  The church as well, though persecuted since the beginning, has continued.  Jesus promised His church will never perish and that indeed "the meek will inherit the earth."  

This Psalm is an anticipation of those words.  The key for us is to have patience and wait on the Lord while at the same time continuing to be faithful.  We don't know what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future!

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