Psalm 13

Micah 7:18-20

Galatians 5:2-6

A Psalm of David: “How long, O Jehovah? Will you forget me forever?” These words are sometimes the very words I have cried out to God with. When the delay of God’s answer is years in coming, when the delay in the return of a child to his mother is trapped in the courts, with no one who has the authority to decide caring. It’s complicated, there is an obvious delay being perpetrated by the opposing side for control, and to us as grandparents we see our grandson’s life passing by, and it’s agonizing. “How long O, Jehovah? Will you forget me forever?” …”How long will my enemy be exalted over me?” ...”And my enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him,’ And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.” … “But still I will sing to the LORD, for He has dealt bountifully with me.” Yes, I have read about Abraham and Sarah in Genesis, and the promise of a son to them by Jehovah, in their old age. Yet even then they had to wait 13 years. I try to understand, but I really don’t like it. I know in my heart that Jehovah has complete control, and I trust Him, but I still wonder, “How long, O God?”

Micah 7:18-20 My, o my, what a description of current events in the world today. I know that we are supposed to be concerned with just a couple of verses, but the beginning of this chapter 7 is stellar. Speaking prophetically and looking at current conditions in our land, Verse 2 says “The godly person has perished from the land, and there is no upright person among men. All of them lie in wait for bloodshed;….Concerning evil, both hands do it well. The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe, and a great man speaks the desire of his soul; so they all weave it together. The best of them is like a briar. The most upright are like a thorn hedge.” 5. “Do not trust in a neighbor; Do not have confidence in a friend. Guard your lips. For son treats father contemptuously, Daughter rises up against her mother, Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.” What a bleak picture of the future this is , yet it is happening here in our own houses. The youth of today have made their parents generation the enemy. To them, there is no valid history beyond their own experience. I try to explain to my youth, that we were very involved in environmental and social issues from the 1960’s onward, really, physically involved. Action, not words. Yet their response is, “You didn’t do enough.” As though their protests today will actually ever accomplish anything good. Verses 18-20 gives us hope though, “For there is no God like Jehovah, who pardon’s iniquity, And passes over the rebellious act of the remnants of His possession. …He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities underfoot. Yes, He will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.”….

Galatians 5:2-6 The continuing theme of these three passages is to be that the works of man, through the strength of his own flesh will always lead to failure. Paul then uses the example of circumcision, to demonstrate the effectiveness of physical effort, versus spiritual effort. Circumcision was a sign for the the Jews, that would make them physically separate from all other peoples. As though a tattoo might identify you with a group, yet could never change you, from the inside out. So as Paul says in verse 6; “For we through the Spirit, by faith, are waiting for the hope of righteousness.” Jehovah is our only hope, as in times of old, with Israel, only trust in the Holy one to save you, both individually and nationally, is valid. It’s Spiritual man.

“My hope is in the LORD; Who gave Himself for me; And paid the price for all my sin; At Calvary.

Prayer for our national and local leaders is paramount, to be transformed by the saving power of Jehovah.