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When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge.
Indeed, there’s a lot of wickedness in our world. News broadcasts keep reporting the bad things that happen all around us. From murder, to terrorism, to war—the news is there, recording the calamity.
It is a fact of life that wicked people often come to a fateful demise. People who do bad things for a living, often have bad things happen to them. The banker who steals from the innocent ends up getting caught and spending time in jail. The violent drug dealer who roughs people up for missing a payment might find himself roughed up at the hands of the next guy up the line. The terrorist who lives his life causing death and destruction often ends up having his life taken in the same manner. “What goes around comes around” is the way that many say it. Solomon said it this way: “When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down.”
Though we are not probably violent people, yet we are right there in the category of “the wicked.” We deserve to be brought down for our wickedness; truly we deserve to go down to hell for our sin, our rebellion against God. But we have a Savior who loved us too much to see us brought down, so he came down instead. He came down from heaven to our world. He humbled himself, so that you and I could be lifted up. He endured the pain and suffering and death that our sin-filled lives deserve. He lived a perfect life, yet he now calls us righteous. Though death was ours to pay, he laid down his own life for us. And then he took it up again on the third day. And now, trusting in Jesus, his resurrection is our guarantee of God’s favor on us and eternal life with him in heaven.
Now, nothing can separate us from the love of Christ…not danger, disaster or devils, not calamity or catastrophe, not even death can take away God’s promise of life. For the righteous in Christ know that death is but the gateway to life eternal. “Even in death the righteous have a refuge.” Jesus Christ is our refuge. In him and with him, we will live safely forever.
Dear Jesus, forgive me for the wickedness I allow and invite into my life. Thank you for your willing payment of the debt that I owe. Help me to thank you with a life of obedience lived to your glory. Amen.
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