Yet He Passed Away

Yet He Passed Away by Kirk Hunt

I have seen the wicked in great power,
And spreading himself like a native green tree.
Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more;
Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.

Psalm 37:35-36 NKJV
Please also read Psalm 37:1–40

Too often, I despair that the wicked are winning. I have caught myself fretting that the ruthless and unscrupulous are being established, never to be dislodged. Then, suddenly, they pass away and can not be found, even if you wanted to see them.

I am not the first God-follower to think so. Psalm 37, written by David, speaks to my own concerns. The wicked may indeed prosper for a season, but not they shall not triumph. No matter how it looks now, God’s justice is on the way.

In my own life, I have seen men and women suddenly receive justice. Before, it seemed the wicked ones were immune to the laws of God and man. After, I trembled at the thoroughness of God’s sovereign and merciless justice.

On bended knee, I pray that I live in obedience to His Word and law. I never want to be the one that God’s people cry out against. I want always to be found, doing Kingdom work the way God wants it done.

Play it straight, since God is watching. Follow God’s Word and law, the way you know it should be done. His sword of justice is quick, terrible and not to be denied by mere humans.

Think: The wicked will receive justice, sooner and more thoroughly than you think.

Pray: “Lord, help me to be found at all times as Your obedient servant.”

 

Copyright © April 2019, Kirk Hunt

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Repent: Early And Often

Repent: Early And Often By Kirk Hunt

Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

Luke 13:4–5 NKJV

We live in a fallen world where thorns and scorpions grow. We live in a fallen society where men and women are willing to publicly repudiate God’s judgment. All kinds of pure evil and pure accidents are possible. When did you last repent?

Sometimes a tragedy is just a tragedy. As Jesus Himself comments: Were 18 folk killed by a falling building the only sinners in Jerusalem? He did not think so.

Approximately 7,855 people die in the United States, every day. That includes Sundays. Are they the only sinners in America? I do not think so. Do you?

God’s people should live ready to meet God. At any time, a random traffic accident or a murderous gun-wielder could send you into eternity. Are you ready for your final judgment and reckoning?

Could every bad incident in a church house be part of a sinister conspiracy against God’s Church? Unlikely. Could every bad incident in a church house be a reminder to live ready to meet God? Absolutely.

Do not be distracted or fearful. No matter what happens, nor when it happens, or how it happens, God is still in control. What always remains in your control is if you are ready to meet Him, face-to-Shekinah. You are ready, right?

Think: Am I really ready to meet God in judgment at every moment?

Pray: “Lord, help me to live ready for Your judgment at any time.”

 

Copyright © October 2017, Kirk Hunt

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