Bible Reading Day 10

Photo by Jasper Boer on Unsplash

Today’s reading is Genesis 46-50, Psalm 10, and Matthew 19-20.

Why, Lord, do you stand far off?
    Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

Psalm 10:1

During this pandemic I have felt this sentiment in ebbs and flows. One minute, God feels very near. The next, the pandemic, protests, and panic set in.

Beginning this journey through reading the Bible for the rest of the year has the hope of God not standing far off, of Him not hiding Himself in these times. But each day, even for a little while, it seems God is far off.

But that is just it, isn’t it, it’s something that seems, not that actually is. It is a feeling instead of reality.

Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
    Do not forget the helpless.

Psalm 10:12

I have to remind myself through out the day that just because my prayers are not receiving immediate answers, just because I am not hearing or feeling or sensing God in the moment, and just because it seems like things are getting worse, it does not mean God is far away.

The Psalmist cries out to God “Arise,” “Do not forget the helpless.”

Any perusing of the Bible, particularly the Prophets and Gospels, verifies that God cannot forget the helpless. It is not in His character.

But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted;
    you consider their grief and take it in hand.
The victims commit themselves to you;
    you are the helper of the fatherless.

Psalm 10:14

Even after the Psalmist calls on God to act, he reminds himself of who God is. He knows that God sees, considers, and helps the afflicted, victims, and fatherless.

And I know it, too. But it is still hard, and like the Psalmist, I again, day after day, will cry out to God, asking Him to act, asking Him to make His presence known, asking Him to come near. And day after day I will know that

The Lord is King for ever and ever;
    the nations will perish from his land.
You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted;
    you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
defending the fatherless and the oppressed,
    so that mere earthly mortals
    will never again strike terror.

Psalm 10:16-18

It is hard when we are in the midst of the pandemic, when a financial crisis is on the cusp, when it seems like a civil war is looming, and not to mention our own personal and family problems, health concerns and bleak future to see that God is king. It is hard to know that God hears the afflicted, it is hard to know He encourages us. But He does.

I write this still feeling the ebbs and flow of God’s nearness, God’s sovereignty, and God’s defense. But I also write it knowing the Scriptures to be true. I write this knowing that even if the pandemic lasts for my lifetime, that finances never recover, a civil war breaks out, and all my life breaks a part, I know that God is loving, listening, and lasting. I know that God will make all things new.

There are those in parts of the world – in times of history – who have lived their whole lives waiting for life to get better, for them, for their children, their nation, and it hasn’t. These brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, have faithfully prayed, waited, and relied on God. And while their earthly prayers did not come to fruition how they hoped, their faith and trust grew ever more. They felt God in ways we could never imagine.

Jan Hus, 15th century reformer, was burned at the stake, never seeing his work come to fruition but hopefully knew it would be realized. And it was a century later in men like Martin Luther.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hung days before the concentration camp, Flossenbürg , was liberated by American soldiers. It is said he could hear the gunfire of the liberators off in the distance. For many in Flossenbürg liberation was coming. For Bonhoeffer, something even better awaited him: eternal salvation.

There are thousands – millions – of stories of men and women, some from history past, others alive today, who could tell stories of God feeling far off, asking God to rise up and not forget them. There are more stories than we will ever know because their names have been lost to histories of men, but not to the Book of Life.

I know we want life to get better now. I know we want things to be “back to normal.” But for thousands of Americans and millions of people across the world what we are experiencing now, has been the normal for them for a long time. Food scarcity. Health problems. Joblessness. Lack of education. These are all issues our brothers and sisters have faced for a long time.

When we read the end of the Bible, the last page of Revelation, we know, without a shadow of a doubt, that God wins. Christianity is a spoiler religion: we don’t have to wait until the end of time to know what will happen. But we are in the middle of the story; between the resurrection and the victory. That means the battle – which is won! – is still being fought, and we are in the midst of it.

Hope and pray for things to get better. Expect the pandemic to end. Pray for a vaccine. Work when possible. Send children to school when possible.

But know that God is near. Know that God is Lord forever.

Feelings come and go – even throughout the day. But heroes of the faith knew God was near, that He was with and defending the afflicted.

I want to know that even if the sounds of liberation are close by, my God has already liberated me and will bring me into everlasting liberation.

And I will continue to sing:

Arise, Lord! Lift up your hand, O God.
    Do not forget the helpless.

Psalm 10:12

Join me in finishing this year by reading through the Bible through a Psalm a Day. Find my reading plan here.

All Scripture used on Oregon Christian Girl comes from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.®  Unless otherwise noted.

Join the Conversation

1 Comment

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Create your website with
Get started
<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: