It’s Not Karma

S (Scripture) – Psalm 7:14-16

Behold, he [unrepentant man] travails with wickedness,
And he conceives mischief and brings forth falsehood.
He has dug a pit and hollowed it out,
And has fallen into the hole which he made.
His mischief will return upon his own head,
And his violence will descend upon his own pate.” NASB

“The wicked conceive evil;
    they are pregnant with trouble
    and give birth to lies.
They dig a deep pit to trap others,
    then fall into it themselves.
The trouble they make for others backfires on them.
    The violence they plan falls on their own heads.” NLT

O (Observation) – Lord, the verses surrounding these are cries of help from King David as he pleaded with You to rescue him from his enemies – he declared that You “judge the peoples” and asked You to “vindicate him according to his righteousness and intregrity that was in him.”  He declared that You are a “righteous judge.”  And You are.  There are so many people today that believe in the concept of “karma,” and that “what goes around, comes around.”  While the premise is accurate, it’s not because the nebulous universe around us somehow keeps the score even between humans.  It’s because the God of the universe “tries the hearts and minds” and “saves the upright in heart (v. 9-10).”

A (Application) – If we feel that we have been cheated, taken advantage of, or harmed in any way, may we not throw our hands up in disgust and hope that somehow the universe will teach that person a lesson in the future.  Instead, let us cry out to You and tell You how we feel.  We should always pray for our enemies that they may come to a knowledge of the truth and repent from their evil ways – that is always best.  If the person is unrepentant and continues to practice evil, then we need to leave the judgement up to You.  Nothing is a surprise to You, and You know the hearts of each person – deal with those that are wicked in Your own way and in Your own time.  We need to be concerned with making sure our hearts are not focused on the misdeeds of others and instead guarding our hearts from any bitterness or resentment that may attempt to take root.

P (Prayer) – Heavenly Father, You know every injustice that has ever been committed, You know every thought of every person who ever has and who ever will exist.  Help us to trust that You are indeed the perfect judge.  You can be trusted, and we need to relinquish our desire to judge others for their evil deeds.  We have a right to be angry – righteous anger is something that You experience when You see the atrocities committed every day.  We need to leave the judgement only to You.

The God Who Sees Me

S (Scripture) – Psalm 6:8-10 “Depart from me, all you who do iniquity, for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.  The Lord has heard my supplication, the Lord receives my prayer.  All my enemies will be ashamed and greatly dismayed; they shall turn back, they will suddenly be ashamed.”

O (Observation) – Lord in Heaven, You see us weep.  You are right there with us.  You hear our cries out to You and You receive our prayers.  How is it that the Creator of all the universe, the Great Almighty One, the Beginning and the End knows me intimately?  How can it be that with the billions of people in the world that the tiniest details of my life are covered by Your fingerprints?  You are amazing.  You are El Roi (Hebrew), “the God Who sees me.”  Not only do you see me, You know everything there is to know about me, everything I have ever done, will do, and think.  “You see the depths of my heart and love me the same (Chris Tomlin).

A (Application) – Even though there will be times in this life when we feel lonely, desolate, and empty, we can take heart in knowing that we are never truly alone.  We are never completely desolate, and we are far from empty.  Our God receives our prayer and hears the cries of His people.  We can take heart in knowing that He is right there with us through every situation we encounter.  Even though we may not understand why our life plays out the way it does, there is comfort in knowing that He is waiting on the other side and already knows the end from the beginning.  It is our responsibility to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

P (Prayer) – Precious Lord, even though we wander at times and get so caught up in the daily distractions around us, You have not gone anywhere.  You are passionately pursuing Your children and won’t relent until you have our hearts in their entirety.  Your love is loyal – Lauren Daigle’s song comes to mind…

“You are always there for me
You listen every time I speak
You look into my eyes
See the things I hide
And say that You will never leave
Your promises I can not break
And I know You will never change

Your love is, Your love is, Your love is loyal”