Psalm 58:11: “So that men will say, / ‘Surely there is a reward for the righteous; / Surely He is God who judges in the earth.'”

December 1st, 2020 by Pastor Ed in devotional

King David was confident that in the end the righteous will see that God, the judge of all the earth, is not indifferent to evil and will finally bring justice. Often in life things are not fair or right, but we must be patient and wait until we can see the whole picture.

An unknown author teaches this kind of patience by a simple story from his own life:

When I was a little boy, my mother used to embroider a great deal. I would sit at her knee and look up from the floor and ask what she was doing. She informed me that she was embroidering . . . from the underside, [as] I watched her work within the boundaries of the little round hoop that she held in her hand, I complained to her that it sure looked messy from where I sat.

She would smile at me, look down and gently say, “My son, you go about your playing for awhile, and when I am finished with my embroidering, I will put you on my knee and let you see it from my side.”

I would wonder why she was using some dark threads along with the bright ones and why they seemed so jumbled from my view. A few minutes would pass and then I would hear Mother’s voice say, “Son, come and sit on my knee.” This I did only to be surprised and thrilled to see a beautiful flower or a sunset. I could not believe it, because from underneath it looked so messy. Then Mother would say to me, “My son, from underneath it did look messy and jumbled, but you did not realize that there was a pre-drawn plan on the top. It was a design. I was only following it.”

Many times through the years I have looked up to my Heavenly Father and said, “Father, what are You doing?” He has answered, “I am embroidering your life.” I say, “But it looks like a mess to me. It seems so jumbled. The threads seem so dark. Why can’t they all be bright?”

The Father seems to tell me, “My child, you go about your business of doing My business, and one day I will bring you to Heaven and put you on My knee and you will see the plan from My side.”

“LORD, we wait on You to bring all things into perfect harmony on that day. Until then we need You to help us stay focused on furthering the Kingdom of God now.”