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Why does God put up with the vile perversity of this world?

Why does God seemingly turn a blind eye to massive oppression?

How does He justify withholding wrath from those who torment, exploit, or neglect the least of these that walk among us?

Where is swift judgment for any who would practice cruelty for sport?

What about the run of the mill liars, cheaters, thieves, adulterers, murderers … what about all of them?

Come to think about it … what about me? Why does God put up with me?

“But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost (of sinners), Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:16)

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Our adversary is the father of lies.

He specializes in cheap shots. Slander is second nature. He blissfully exploits our greatest vulnerabilities and capitalizes on our confusion. Every deed of his is saturated with sinister intent. He never plays fair. He has no conscience and revels in our adversity. He is relentless in his pursuit of our downfall.

Though fierce, he is defeated.

We do well to ask (as Jesus did on our behalf) that our Father in Heaven “keep us from the evil one.” (John 17:15) Having prayed, and with great assurance, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) “… He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

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Psalm 36: Two Paths

Evil is a dead end street. It gives the impression of freedom, power, assurance, cunning and control but leads to bondage, foolishness, misery and despair. To traffic in wickedness is to travel without light, careening through treacherous terrain into a deadly destination.

What little exhilaration one might feel evaporates when the wayward joyride comes to an abrupt stop.

There is another path paved with the steadfast love of God … loyal and enduring. Those who follow it are infused with light, vision, and wisdom. They are able to see their way through the trials of a broken world. They find themselves traveling under the watchful care of the One who will surely deliver them into the infinite abundance of His presence.

Wise are those who think less about the ease or difficulty of their present location and more about the place the path they follow will take them.

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