Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted. —Habakkuk 1:3-4

            Do not be surprised in this world or in this nation when justice is perverted.  When the wicked surround the righteous, when those who seek to do evil outnumber and hem in those who seek to do right, then what is just will not take place.  We have to remember that this world is not our home.  This fallen “world is under the control of the evil one” (I John 5:19).  Those who do not know Jesus need to “be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will” (II Timothy 2:25-26). 

            We are a world, and surely, we as a nation in the U.S., are full of destruction and violence.  Unfortunately, it is increasing, but this is what happens when justice is perverted by the wicked and they make no apologies about this.  There are wicked people that seek to do wicked things.  That is the fallen, sinful world we live in and people need to “come to their senses.”  They need to wake up from their stupefying position, being trapped by the devil, captivated to do his will.  Is it any wonder that our world and our nation is a mess?  Unless people turn from their own evil ways, call on Jesus and live for Him… then there is no hope for them… none.  Jesus is the only way (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

            But we have the “good news” of Christmas and Easter, about the birth of Jesus our Savior and the finished work of our Savior Jesus at the cross.  He rose from the grave, ascended back to heaven and is coming again.  For all who have called on Jesus, they will see Him again— at His next coming or after death— whichever comes first.  We are almost home.  Keep running the race to the finish line regardless of the events of this world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ4lAVu9VwU

            Let us have the Apostle Paul’s mindset—

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of me. —Philippians 1:21-26

            Brother and sister, fellow follower of Jesus, our Lord has given us work to do and as long as we are here it is for the benefit of others (Ephesians 2:10).  So, we know our purposes on this planet and let us faithfully live out those purposes for the glory of God and the benefit of others until we are finally home.

Dear Father I am grateful to know the reasons I am still living on this planet.  Thank You for drawing me to Jesus and being able to serve Him.  May I do so faithfully and by the power of Your Holy Spirit— until my race is over and I am finally home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRSGXKsv7IU

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