The Word for today:
Psalms 11, 12
When Bin Laden and his henchmen took the Twin Towers down, I’d seen that scene before:
He lies in wait near the villages;
from ambush he murders the innocent,
watching in secret for his victims.
He lies in wait like a lion in cover;
he lies in wait to catch the helpless;
he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net.
His victims are crushed; they collapse, they fall. (Psalms 10:8-10)
For look, the wicked bend their bows;
they set their arrows against the strings
to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart.
When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalms 11:2-3)
And I knew what prayer to pray:
O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted;
you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear
to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.
And I knew what would become of Bin Laden:
The LORD examines the righteous,
but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates.
On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur. (Psalms 11:5-6)
The Word of God is always ahead of tomorrow. So turn to its pages when you need to put this present darkness (1) in its proper perspective. All things will unfold exactly as the prescient, omniscient pages of your Bible have decreed.
History is the handmaiden, the vassal, of Scripture. The Word of God doesn’t reflect history; it directs history, it creates history.
In the beginning, the Word created space. In the now, the Word is creating time. We think of prophecy as a fore-telling. Better to think of it as a command from the King.
(1) Ephesians 6:12/RSV