One of the difficulties I have is in praying for my enemies. When they are deliberately trying to make my life miserable. When they work out they cannot get at me that easily, so they make Kea miserable. I want to use the lex talonis, and treat them as they treat me. The only prayer I can honestly give is that they stop.
Praying for their repentance is always good, but it tends to backfire, and you find you have faults not repented, and have to do further reformation.
Then I think that out of evil God can do good. Sometimes we cannot see it. But we have our role to do, and if we are in the wrong place to do we will be shifted, and if we think we can force ourselves to be where we are not called into we will have a correction.
Moses was not to get his hands bloody keeling the sons of Amalek. That was the role for Joshua.
23 “And I pleaded with the Lord at that time, saying, 24 ‘O Lord God, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours? 25 Please let me go over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, that good hill country and Lebanon.’ 26 But the Lord was angry with me because of you and would not listen to me. And the Lord said to me, ‘Enough from you; do not speak to me of this matter again. 27 Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes westwards and northwards and southwards and eastwards, and look at it with your eyes, for you shall not go over this Jordan. 28 But charge Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he shall go over at the head of this people, and he shall put them in possession of the land that you shall see.’ 29 So we remained in the valley opposite Beth-peor.
6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7 and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 8 This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. 9 For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— 12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
14 What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! 15 For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it depends not on human will or exertion,but on God, who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.
There are those who at this point stumble. They miss that allof us have sinned. They forget that God is outside of time, and knows the ending. There are implications here.
Firstly, all of us are on this earth for a purpose. And that can be to glorify God or as a warning. Moses here is a warning, for he acceded to the demands of the people when God wanted to try them. And there is a ongoing issue there, for we all find ourselves at times being told we have to agree with the passions of this moment, when the command we have is to do the prcise opposite.
Secondly, God calls us out of love and mercy. We all deserve his condemnation. We cannot earn salvation by our own efforts.
Thirdly, sometimes those placed in positions of authority are there for their destruction, because God would bring his people out of Egypt and from Babylon.
Finally, only a fool would call God unjost. We don’t have the information. We are too often guessing. He knows what is best. We don’t.
Instead we have to consider that ‘All things are put together for God for those who love God and are called according to his righteousness’.
Though the waiting is hard, and the enemies real, think of it as training.
Most limbo states you experience will be short. There is a rumor at your office that layoffs are coming, and you find out within a few days. You have a health problem and can get a diagnosis within a couple of weeks. It’s when you’re in limbo for months then you’ll really need to call on God for help with controlling the emotional instability that happens in your mind. The coronavirus pandemic, with its months of random lockdowns, is a good example of how limbo can be prolonged. You may have seen firsthand how people were unable to handle the limbo, responding with all manner of fear, anger, and impatience. One can only imagine how it will be during the end times, when you know for certain that severe tribulations are coming but without the knowledge of when or how. Let us train ourselves today for the little limbos we must endure for the ultimate limbo that may not be that far into the future.
And the elite of this time? Praise God we are not one of them.