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     Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land. In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace. Psalm 37:7-11 (ESV)

Heavenly Father, first of all, thank you for the admonitions and promises of this Scripture. Because it's beginning to feel like every day we wake up to another story of terror-making, hate-mongering, life-taking madness. Charlottesville last weekend, Barcelona yesterday. How long, O Lord, how Lord before you send Jesus back to eradicate all evil? How long before "the wicked will be no more"? How much longer is "just a little while"?

It's hard not to fret. It's hard not to feel angry and anxious, when tourists become targets for drive-over murders; and when one group of image bearers of God claim supremacy over all others; and when "bad traffic" has nothing to do with driving to work, but with the selling of women and children for sex. How do we explain this to our kids and grandkids?

Father, we don't offer our prayer from a posture of innocence and arrogance, but with intense hunger and thirst. May your Kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. We crave Jesus' return, and our coming life of perfect everything in the new heaven and new earth. Until that Day, show us how to live and love to your glory. Vengeance belongs to you; hope belongs to us.

Grant us wisdom to know what loving mercy, doing justice, and walking humbly with you looks like. Replace our frets with faith, our worry with worship, and our world-weariness with gospel-engagement. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus' triumphant and grace-full name.

 

 


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Scotty Smith is the founding pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee. You can follow him on Twitter.

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