MUSINGS – June 03 2018


Psalms 22:1-10
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away from helping me, so far away from the words of my groaning? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer– also at night, but I find no rest.

Yet, you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. Our ancestors trusted you. They trusted, and you rescued them. They cried to you and were saved. They trusted you and were never disappointed.

Yet, I am a worm and not a man. I am scorned by humanity and despised by people. All who see me make fun of me. Insults pour from their mouths. They shake their heads and say, “Put yourself in the LORD’s hands. Let the LORD save him! Let God rescue him since he is pleased with him!”

Indeed, you are the one who brought me out of the womb, the one who made me feel safe at my mother’s breasts. I was placed in your care from birth. From my mother’s womb you have been my God.”

Why me? Have you ever asked that? God, why, when I have been faithful, have these bad things happen to me? It’s not fair that the godless ones are getting away with their evil ways. Does this sound familiar to you? I’ve asked these questions.

God spoke to my heart, “When you were godless, I gave you mercy rather than justice, love rather than condemnation. Would you have me do less for these other sinners?”

Like a petulant child I hung my head and replied, “No… I suppose not. But why is there so much evil, do much hate, so much pain and suffering in the world?”

My answer came, “This is not the world that I created for you. I created a paradise, a garden for you where we could meet face to face. However, Eve and Adam chose their will over my will and all of creation was broken. Humanity still follows their own path rather than the path I chose for them.”

I shouted, “Well what are you going to do about it?”

My answer came as a quiet whisper, “I sent my Son to show you the way. Now, what are you going to do about it?”

All content (except quotations) © 2018 Thomas E. Williams


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