Believing: a Reflection on Psalm 52, Psalm 95, Genesis 19:1-29, Hebrews 11:1-12 and John 6:27-40
I understand the psalmist’s remark that he often loves evil more than good. Those times when I want revenge or dismantle someone’s character in thoughts or actual speech are evil. Followers of Jesus are not immune from such behavior. God continues to break me down and this is good. Who am I to set myself apart as righteous and good? I am called to worship the One who knows me best. That is what matters most. Evil is dealt with by God. It is his place to judge. And he did so when he destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Even Lot’s wife was not spared. Disobedience has consequences. But Lot and a few others left the Plain and continued living the promise and covenant made to Abraham. What faith Lot exhibited. Paul reminds us that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Believing that this is the nature of faith is a work of God. The work of God is to believe in the One whom God sent, Jesus Christ. And so I plead with God to rid me of my unbelief for that is man’s work. Father, do your work of believing in my life.
Scripture texts are taken from the two-year daily lectionary cycle which follows the liturgical calendar and begins on the First Sunday of Advent.