Sometimes we are convinced we have alternatives we never had. We tell ourselves there are no unavoidable consequences. We often are convinced that good solutions to horrible mistakes are as simple as our desires. We often think solutions are produced by wishing or apologizing. Then we are shocked by the unavoidable consequences of our decisions. Lingering effects astound us!
This psalmist said godless mistakes were complex with horrendous consequences.
Fourth, some thought distance was always the solution. Go to an unexpected occupation/place and work in an unexpected job. Let the sea hide you!
However, the sea could not hide anyone from God. In a sea storm people encountered their helplessness. When they felt the angry wind, saw the towering waves, and experienced their helplessness, they were terrified and cried to the Lord. When the situation stilled, they praised the Lord. They knew He brought them from certain disaster to a secure safety. They were not ashamed of their Deliverer!
With God, rivers become deserts, and deserts become rich, life sustaining farmland. When godless people oppressed, God looked with contempt upon their leaders. The people became wanderers in wastelands.
It was the defenseless and the abused who experienced the joy of increase. It was the godly who knew gladness as the wicked were confused by the situation.
If you were wise, you would see Israelís history in Godís love.
Two conclusions devastate us. (1) We conclude all good in life is produced by us, and all bad in life is produced by God. Thus, (2) God is the problem. Really?
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