What do we do when things are falling apart?
Week beginning: 22nd September, 2019 | By Ally Henderson | London
"if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"Psalm 11:3-4 (ESV)
The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD's throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.
It seems like much of our politics and news is very fearful at the moment. Fear of a no deal Brexit. Fear that democracy is being undermined. Fear of climate change. Fear of increasing polarisation and anger in our public debate. Many people are worried that the very foundations of our society are crumbling.
And even if we are not affected by such news ourselves, as lawyers we often have to help our clients at a time when everything seems to have fallen apart for them because of an injury, dispute, family breakdown or criminal charge.
Psalm 11 describes King David's response to this kind of situation. It is not clear what exactly has happened, but it is bad enough that those around him feel 'the foundations are destroyed' (v3). Yet in such a situation David says, 'in the Lord I take refuge' (v1) and rebukes those who counsel him to give up and run away.
How can David have such confidence? Because, v4, 'the Lord is in his holy temple'. David knows that whatever is going on around him, God remains in control and will one day ensure that justice is fully and completely done. Let us follow his example. As Christian lawyers we should never despair but can always have hope in a holy God, and we can persist in doing good to our clients and colleagues no matter how hard the circumstances seem.
1. Ask God to help you remember this week that God sees everything and will judge all; and pray that this would give you hope and perseverance to keep doing good this week.
2. Pray that Christians would be distinctively full of hope in a society full of fear, and that we would have the opportunity to explain why to those around us.