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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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He washed His followers feet while they contended for supremacy.

He pursued redemptive peril while others sought self-protection.

He plead with the Father for the welfare of His church while His church planters prayed themselves to sleep.

He willingly surrendered to His captors while a so-called friend surrendered his soul to betrayal.

He preserved the dignity of those made in His image while suffering disgrace in their feeble hands.

He endured heartless injustice so that guilty offenders might be shown mercy.

His flesh was torn by the whip so that wounded hearts might be healed.

He bore the weighty bulk of His cross to lift the burden of sin from rebel’s backs.

Tools of torture punctured His body securing ransom for debt humanity could never repay.

Legions of angels He held at bay that we might become temples of the Living God.

Romans 5:8–9 “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.”

Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

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Psalm 28: What if?

What if God did not listen?

What if God did not care?

What if God were not merciful?

We would be without grace, forgiveness, restoration, power and hope. We would have no Savior. We would be left with nothing more than the best this life has to offer and nothing less than condemnation when this life is done.

But God does listen. He does care. He is full of mercy. He is the Good Shepherd.

Call to Him. Cry for help. Lift your hands toward His most holy Sanctuary.

“Cast all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

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Sheep without a shepherd are doomed.

Sheep with an incompetent shepherd are vulnerable at best.

Sheep with a good shepherd, despite all their natural flaws and frailties, are assured nourishment, renewal, security and fruitfulness they could not have otherwise.

I do not suffer for lack of a good shepherd; I suffer from my lack of awareness of my desperate need for Him. Thankfully, His goodness and mercy are so vast, He moves heaven and earth to retrieve me from wandering.

The Lord is my Shepherd … and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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