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The worst part of having my wallet stolen was the naked feeling that someone had rummaged through my private belongings.
Reference: v.1 O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple, they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble (TNIV Bible)
Explore: I remember very clearly the day I got my wallet stolen. I was in a Melbourne tram with my friend, Anna, and we were heading home for the weekend. We were on our way to the train station with our hands full of luggage and I had foolishly put my wallet in the back pocket of my jeans. I never felt the exact moment when my wallet was taken, but by the time I realised what had happened, the thief was long gone. The worst part about it was not the cost it took for me to replace my I.D, it was not the hassle for me to cancel my bankcards, or the embarrassment for me when I had to borrow money from my friend just to get home… The worst part of having my wallet stolen was the naked feeling that someone had rummaged through my private belongings. I felt that someone had over-stepped my personal space, and it came with a very uncomfortable feeling of vulnerability. Someone had taken what was not theirs and it did not seem right or fair.
Application: God often has his creation wrongly taken, or destroyed, by people who are acting selfishly and greedily. I wonder if God feels like someone has invaded his personal space, like I did when my wallet was stolen. We hear in the Old Testament of enemies coming and taking control of land and people that were not their own. God often responded harshly to these nations. But, unfortunately, the same thing is still happening today. Human slavery is a prime example of people wrongly taking what is not theirs, and destroying a beautiful life that God has created. This is not right or fair, and I can only imagine the grief that it must bring God. This is why we cannot stand back and let injustice continue. Let us all stand up for those who truly feel naked, vulnerable and mistreated, for God’s sake and for theirs.
Prayer: Lord, may the injustices of this world grieve us as they do you. Amen.
Who is God calling you to stand up for?
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.