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Seeing things through different eyes
9th February 2020
Col, writing from the Quiet Place
There’s a story about a boy who came home from school and told his parents that he had been punished for something he hadn’t done. His parents were up in arms! They were about to ring the school to complain, but first they asked their son what it was that he had not done. “My geography homework!”, he replied.
But there are times in our lives when we are unfairly accused of doing something of which we are totally innocent. The unfairness of it leaves a bad taste in our mouths and we want to get it put right. I once stayed at a hotel where the rule was that if you went into the sauna, you must shower before going into the pool – a very fair and reasonable rule. One afternoon, I came straight from the changing room where I showered before going to the pool. I opened the sauna door and threw my towel over a seat, then approached the pool. A rather pushy lady instructed me to shower, because I had “been in the sauna”. When I explained that I had not been in the sauna, and had only just showered, she became more and more persistent. In the end, I went to shower again so as to avoid a blazing row.
There are some situations we encounter which are much, much worse than this minor incident. There are those who knowingly celebrate evil but use crafty, deceitful words deliberately to make it look as though God, or His people, are in the wrong.
Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually. Your tongue devises destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. You love evil more than good, lying rather than speaking righteousness. Ps.52 1-3
I know a man of God who was falsely accused of something at work, just because he is a Christian. He was suspended and disciplined. At his disciplinary hearing, he asked the panel members to watch the CCTV of the incident. After they watched the CCTV, he was declared innocent and allowed back to work. The false accuser was sacked.
God (through David’s psalm) speaks clearly about people like this:
You love all devouring words, you deceitful tongue. Ps.52 4
Franklin Graham (Billy Graham’s son) has been falsely accused of preaching “hatred” because he preaches what God says in the Bible. Franklin never preaches hatred, or suggests what should happen to others, or encourages anyone to treat anyone else badly. But because he quotes what God says, he is accused of preaching “hatred”. In the meantime, his accusers speak hatred about the Christian faith, about Franklin Graham, and incite others to cancel agreements they have already made with Franklin. But that, apparently, is ok.
God says of these people:
“Here is the man who did not make God his strength, but strengthened himself in his own wickedness.” Ps.52 7
Let there be no uncertainty about this – God clearly announces the fate of those who celebrate evil and who think they have escaped the consequences of their own wicked ways.
“God shall likewise destroy you forever; He shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place, and uproot you from the land of the living.” Ps.52 5
I’m sure you’ve noticed from this verse that it is not our job to destroy them, or take them away, or pluck them out, or uproot them from the land of the living. God says that He will do all these things. Let’s not waste our energies and resources trying to make that happen – God will do it, in His own way in His own time. Of course, that doesn’t mean we don’t have to stand up for righteousness, nor speak the truth when it comes to the crunch.
All this thought of evil could make us quite depressed, unless the psalm had not ended in a beautiful, affirming, encouraging way for those who believe:
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. I will praise You forever, because You have done it; and in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good. Ps.52 8-9
These powerful words seal into our hearts the privilege we have of being His children.
No lover of evil can ever
take that away!