I have to chuckle as I wrote the title, “Waiting on God.” Perhaps a more suitable title at times would be, “When God is still Patiently Waiting on Me!” Well, I guess this is what limited human perspective gets ya! Who is waiting on who!?!
Today I am writing about waiting on God as it specifically relates to matter of justice, retribution, vengeance, and the inbreaking of new creation.
The Bible is full of places that insist God is good, God is righteous, God is patient, God is just, and God is Judge. What is painfully less clear is when and how this patient God springs into action to judge both the righteous and the wicked, either in daily events, or at the eschatological (end) judgment.
What if we get angry because it takes God so long to show up? And when God finally arrives on the scene, what if we get even angrier, because His course of action is not what we had in mind?
Habakkuk says this about the Holy One,
“Your eyes are too pure to look on evil;
you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?
Why are you silent while the wicked
swallow up those more righteous than themselves?” -Habakkuk 1:13
What is a proper judgment? How would my verdict differ from God’s? How does a human begin to comingle Divine attributes such as justice, compassion, grace, wrath, and mercy to arrive at the mind of God as Yahweh passes judgment? This is a cruel jigsaw puzzle for my mind. Real crossroad questions are if you will fully worship a God whose arm of judgment delays longer than you appropriate, or worship God whose judgment it manifests itself in either a softer or harsher way than you think right. These are real battlegrounds in people’s heads and hearts as we deal with theodicy. Theodicy is the problem of evil if we posit that God is good.
In Ecclesiastes it says,
“God will bring into judgment
both the righteous and the wicked,
for there will be a time for every activity,
a time to judge every deed.” -Ecclesiastes 3:17
Well God, when exactly do you plan to start righting wrongs? When is the time for You to judge every deed? You can imagine a prophet or psalmist of old lament, or a victim and their family from a more current event. Maybe in your own life, your sin against others, and/or others sin against you has currently left you shell-shocked regarding core questions surrounding God’s goodness.
As I conclude, I hope the above provides some food for thought. Is God is challenging you to a wrestling match where your next step of faith will be anything but easy as it relates to God’s divine prerogative in setting up His timetable?