“Do something, God!” (verse 1, Contemporary English Version). I think every believer has cried out that phrase at some point in their lives. There are situations where evil seems to run on and on with no end in sight. There are people who flap their tongues with half-truths, misinterpretations, and lack of evidence with apparently no one calling them out on their slander. There are those that look like they are getting away with living however they want, no matter whom they hurt, with no consequence. When such people inflict their ungracious ways on us, it is understandable that we would want to scream, “Do something, God!”
Then there are circumstances that are just plain droll. Nothing seems to be happening. Church is boring. Christians around us are unmotivated. People don’t seem to care about anything but themselves. The world is going to hell and there are spiritual couch potatoes only acknowledging God if it is in their best interests to do so. It’s enough for a faithful believer to yell, “Do something, God!”
Ah, but God is up to something. He has acted in the past through giving the ancient Israelites freedom from Egyptian oppression; he has overturned evil kings; he has sent his prophets to call people back to himself; and, he has sent his Son, the Lord Jesus, to redeem humanity. And he will come again to judge the earth and fulfill once-for-all his promises.
With a God in heaven, the Son interceding for us at the Father’s right hand, and God’s Spirit present with us on earth, justice and mercy will rule. We might only see the shadows, but God hovers over us and responds to our calls. He has done something, will do something, and is doing something today to win the spiritual battle for the hearts and minds of people everywhere.
O God, scatter your enemies but let your people be happy and celebrate because of you. For you set people free, cause them to prosper, and judge the ungodly. Open my eyes to see the ways in which your justice and grace are being played-out around me and in the world. Amen.