From the moment your eyes open to the last minute of the day, your life is filled with nonstop action. If you aren't careful you can become so overwhelmed in meeting the demands of life that you forget to spend time with your Creator and Sustainer. Our daily devotionals written specifically for women in all walks and stages of life, will change the outlook of your day and give you the inspiration you need! Spending any amount of quiet time in the Word of God will refresh and encourage. Find a Bible devotion here and see how God can work through you to make today a joyful day!
WHY DOES GOD WAIT TO STRIKE?
And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.” Genesis 15:16
If I had to pick one thing that has caused me to stumble over God, it would involve the question of why he waits so long to judge evil. Those who are suffering at the hands of others cry out to God for deliverance. The pain is unbearable. The damage seems irreparable. The thought of it having no end seems unthinkable. God will do something, right? I mean, God loves and promises to protect His people.
It’s difficult to explain God’s reasons completely. Who can know the mind of God! But, there are hints that comfort me. This verse points at something weighty to consider.
The 400 years of Jewish slavery in Egypt is foretold to Abram. God reveals that He will not bring them out of slavery until the iniquity of the Amorites is complete. Amorites are the ones who possess Canaan, the Promised Land. Their heinous sins will grow slowly over the course of six generations. There will be a limit to what God allows. When their iniquity reaches the heights of notoriety, God will strike.
A couple of things I can conclude. 1. God does allow some evil to run a long course and that decision can hurt His people. 2. He waits to judge because His heart is merciful and doesn’t want anyone to perish. He gives all of us innumerable chances to hear His call and respond with repentance. 3. He allows evil to become blatant so that when He strikes, the message is clear about the consequences of sin. 4. With judgment, God’s power, justice, holiness, and glory are on full display.
As I think about my own life, only in hindsight do I understand a little of why God restrained justice for a long time. I learned about the nature of evil. The longer I suffered, the more wisdom became mine. When I was released to live again, and abundantly, I could see that freedom came right on time. It was a knowing in my spirit. Many of my questions still remained though. But the real test was whether, in the middle of pain and unanswered questions, I could still say that God is good and does all things well. I had to say this by faith, with no visible evidence, and through many tears.
When you and I don’t understand, we can know that He does and has good reasons for how He chooses to rule. In the end, heaven will reveal that God loved every one of us perfectly.
I pray right now for every one who is suffering under the hand of evil. Increase their faith. Restore their trust. Resurrect their cries for deliverance. Oh Lord, judge the wicked and come to the aid of Your people. Amen.
For more from Christine Wyrtzen and Jaime Wyrtzen Lauze, please visit www.daughtersofpromise.org