Reference: v.4 Surely they intend to topple me from my lofty place;
they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: I was driving to work the other day when I noticed a police car was right behind me. I did what all motorists do when they notice a police car near by, I checked my speed and quickly had a think to see if I had done anything illegal in the last few minutes. Now, I didn’t really have too much to worry about. I’m not talking about illegal actions like drug trafficking or assault, I mean like speeding or talking on the phone whilst driving. But I felt that I had abided by all traffic rules and so decided that these police officers were not chasing me down but just traveling from one place to the next. When the road expanded into two lanes the police car over-took me and then preceded to accelerate away from me. I looked at my speedometer and noticed that I was driving right on the speed limit. For the police officer to create such a distance between our cars they would have to have been exceeding the speed limit. I couldn’t believe it! If I had have been driving that fast they would have had every right to pull me over and fine me for driving over the speed limit. However, instead here are the law enforcers breaking the law.
Application: I was frustrated to see a police officer breaking the law as it made them look like hypocrites. On the one hand they tell the community to stick to the speed limit and uphold the law at all times and yet here I was witnessing them doing the opposite. It’s like the Psalmist says, ‘with their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse.’ In the end we see the true intent that comes from the heart. We will always find imperfect parts to our world. In fact I don’t have to look past my own nose to realize that this world is not perfect. However we can rest in the joy of worshiping a perfect God. He is our rock and our salvation. When the injustice of this world seems to overwhelm us we can look to God and realize that He has a greater plan in store for us.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I add to the imperfections of this world. May I be a good example of how You would have us live here on earth. Amen.
Where do you see injustice in this world? What can you do to world towards fixing it?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.