Psalm 10:1-4 Why do you stand so far off, O Lord, and hide yourself in time of trouble? The wicked arrogantly persecute the poor, but they are trapped in the schemes they have devised. The wicked boast of their heart’s desire; the covetous curse and revile the Lord. The wicked are so proud that they care not for God; their only thought is, “God does not matter.”

I can barely read or listen to the news these days. Why does God seem to be missing in action? The poor keep taking it on the chin, but God seems far away and out of earshot of the cries.

And then I remember that in the sweep of human history and in my own life, evil has never had the last word. I often bemoan that it seems like God is on a schedule other than my own, especially in times of trouble. I want God’s actions to be immediate when pain or injustice is most raw. But when God seems to stand so far off, I’m usually the one who has moved. The psalmist assures us that God is “the helper of orphans” (v. 15), and that God’s ears shall hear our cries. 

MOVING FORWARD: Place a Post-it note on your bedside alarm clock reminding yourself that all matter of things shall be well in God’s time.