When we look around
And see the evil manifest,
We wonder whether God is in control
Amidst all this horrid mess.
When we hear of children hurting
Or disgracefully sold as slaves,
Many questions do arise in us
And whether any hope remains.
When we hear of heinous crimes
And all the suffering that exists,
Although we’re grieved in our soul
Is there something that we’ve missed?
Apostle Peter thought he was doing good
By saying ‘Far be it from You, Lord;
This shall not happen to You’
But a rebuke for him was stored.
‘Get behind Me, Satan!’
Were the words of Jesus Christ,
Since Peter was mindful of the things of men
And not focused on God’s plight.
Because if Jesus listened to Peter
We would all surely be lost,
For an eternity if Christ avoided
The sacrifice on the cross.
The purest man to walk the earth
Had to be severely traumatised,
To appease the wrath of a holy God
So we’re made clean in the Father’s eyes.
Many testimonies do abound,
From those under severe duress,
Where the physical and emotional pain would linger
But where God’s grace did manifest.*
All injustices will require an account
And although we think they are ignored,
It’s God’s will that none perish but come to repentance
Or else God’s judgement will be stored.
And the judgement is forever
Where there’s wailing and gnashing of teeth,
Where the soul will be in torment
And never find relief.
The money hungry and their power struggles
Eventually come to a demise,
When they’re used for the purposes of injustice
Since in God’s eyes they are despised.
And just when we think we’re in control
All it takes is an accident,
Or a crisis to occur in life
Or any mishap that is sent.
Only God sees the big picture
And knows exactly what is required,
For Him to call us unto eternal life
Since His ways are so much higher.
(C) P.B. 2022
*Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.
“Then Peter took Him aside, and began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!’ But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offence to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.’” Matthew 16:22-23
“But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgement. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:36-37
“There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 8:12
“But He was wounded for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:5-6
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8