Yet He Passed Away

Yet He Passed Away by Kirk Hunt

I have seen the wicked in great power,
And spreading himself like a native green tree.
Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more;
Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.

Psalm 37:35-36 NKJV
Please also read Psalm 37:1–40

Too often, I despair that the wicked are winning.  I have caught myself fretting that the ruthless and unscrupulous are being established, never to be dislodged.  Then, suddenly, they pass away and can not be found, even if you wanted to see them. 

I am not the first God-follower to think so.  Psalm 37, written by David, speaks to my own concerns.  The wicked may indeed prosper for a season, but not they shall not triumph.  No matter how it looks now, God’s justice is on the way.

In my own life, I have seen men and women suddenly receive justice.  Before, it seemed the wicked ones were immune to the laws of God and man.  After, I trembled at the thoroughness of God’s sovereign and merciless justice. 

On bended knee, I pray that I live in obedience to His Word and law.  I never want to be the one that God’s people cry out against.  I want always to be found, doing Kingdom work the way God wants it done.

Play it straight, since God is watching.  Follow God’s Word and law, the way you know it should be done.  His sword of justice is quick, terrible and not to be denied by mere humans.

Think:      The wicked will receive justice, sooner and more thoroughly than you think.

Pray:         “Lord, help me to be found at all times as Your obedient servant.”

 

Copyright © April 2019, Kirk Hunt

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Fallout On Sons And Others

Fallout On Sons And Others By Kirk Hunt

So the king commanded this to be done; the decree was issued in Shushan, and they hanged Haman’s ten sons.

Esther 9:14 NKJV

What you do impacts others.  What you allow to continue impacts others.  Far too often, the fallout of acts of omission or commission falls on our own sons and daughters.  Just ask Haman.

Haman’s conspiracy to destroy the Jews ended in the death of his own sons.  His plot to loot the wealth of others ended with the plundering of himself and his family.  Haman’s cruel, vindictive, destructive strategy was executed on his own family.

God’s people are called to justice and mercy; blessing of friend and foe.  Do not limit the implications of Galatians 6:7.  What you do, and what you do not do, are seeds you sow.  Your harvest is coming.

Mordecai took in an orphan in kindness, mercy and generosity.  He reaped a queen who stood for her people when it counted.  Haman hatched a murderous conspiracy of genocide.  He harvested destruction for himself and his family. 

Consider what you are doing or allowing to be done in your name.  You are planting a harvest.  Scripture promises you will receive what you sow.  

Pastor Martin Niemöller would plead with you not to stand by as others do wrong.  He would implore you to safeguard others, as your own.  Of course, his experiences in the Dachau Concentration Camp probably colored his opinions.

If you are a Christian, then Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan should give you pause in this era of fear and hatred of others.  Listen to the testimony of Pastor Niemöller.  Read carefully the example of Haman.

Think:        Do I extend God’s help and goodness to others? 

Pray:           “Lord, help me to bless and benefit everyone around me.”

 

Copyright © July 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Do You Persecute?

Do You Persecute? By Kirk Hunt

Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city

Matthew 23:34 NKJV
Read also Matthew 23: 31-36

 

Neither foreigners nor pagans persecuted any of the Old Testament prophets.  Their own supposedly devout countrymen and kinsmen tortured and murdered them.  Why?  The greater your sin, the harder it is to hear the truth.  Just ask Cheney, Goodman and Schwerner.

 

The prophets, scribes and others called God’s people back from sin and error.  Often they were met with violent opposition.  Even when Jesus walked the earth, men and women often met God’s truth with unrighteous responses.

 

James, Andrew and Michael left the safety of their homes to help register men and women to vote in their local elections.  Instead of being congratulated for their American spirit they were brutalized and murdered under the cover of darkness.  The very men (and women) charged with keeping them safe participated in the heinous act or protected the perpetrators.

 

The terrorists were American sons, born and bred on American soil.  Their targets?  Other Americans born and bred just as they were.  Sort of.

 

Jesus was sent to the Cross for healing the sick then preaching grace and truth.  Here in America, the land of my fathers, truth has also been met with violence and murder.  Still, many brave souls continue to speak out God’s truth. 

 

Roman hands may have swung the hammers, but it was Jewish priests and leaders who sought Jesus’ blood.  What is your response?  Do you persecute truth-tellers or do you respond in God’s grace? 

 

Think:        Do I encourage those who speak God’s truth, or do I persecute them?

 

Pray:           “Lord, help me to hear Your truth and respond with grace and humility.”

 

Copyright © October 2016, Kirk Hunt

 

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Be The Strong One

Be The Strong One By Kirk Hunt

 

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

Romans 15:1 NKJV

 

Now is the time to be strong.  Be strong enough to survive injustice.  Be strong enough to overcome fear.  Most of all, be strong enough to help others.

 

Often, our best ministry comes when we are most under pressure.  We are God’s best ambassadors when we stand after hurt and loss, then reach out to those who oppose us the most.  It is not enough to turn the other cheek.  You must also carry the burden (Matthew 5:38-42).

 

My heart has been torn by recent events.  Anguish and fear are not a help.  I have turned to God’s strength and grace.  They are the tools that bring reconciliation and restoration.

 

Strength is not a clenched fist.  Strength is found in skillful hands that bind wounds and uphold the weak.  An avenging spirit is not strength.  Strength is found in hearts and minds that pierce the chaos with wisdom and justice.

 

All Christians should be eager to respond with the strength they get from God.  Strength that refuses to hate.  Power that acts through wisdom and justice.  Might that overcomes fear and injury.

 

The solutions to today’s problems are neither quick nor easy.  The solutions to the issues we face require strength and fortitude to work through the chaos to God’s peace.  God calls you to take His strength, then serve others with wisdom and justice.

 

Think:                Strength is not a fist of vengeance.  Real strength chooses wisdom and justice.

 

Pray:                   “Lord, help me to minister to others with Your strength.”

 

Copyright © July 2016, Kirk Hunt

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Seeking Justice

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Seeking Justice by Kirk Hunt

 

Thus saith the Lord God; Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel: remove violence and spoil, and execute judgment and justice, take away your exactions from my people, saith the Lord God.

Ezekiel 45:9 KJV

 

It is easy to question the justice of ancient Israel’s leaders.  Their error and injustice is recorded in Scripture.  What about leaders, including you, in the modern era?  Do you seek justice in the here and now?

 

“Let it suffice you.”  Injustice is almost always preceded by lust.  Greed is simply the money-focused version of lust.  Be content with what you have, or at least content to pursue more without cheating.

 

God does not forbid His people from having and acquiring.  In fact, Jesus said that He came to give us abundant life.  Still, wealth and advancement does not have to come at the unfair expense of those around you.

 

Pursue God.  He will add everything else to you.  His blessings never flow from swindling or oppressing someone else.  Do your part in righteousness and He will bless you more than you think or imagine.

 

You can win, acquire and live in the big house on the hill.  Just be sure you can face God with a clean record and unstained hands.  It may take a little longer, but His approval is worth the longer route.

 

Think:            Do I pursue justice through my own life and leadership?

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to be an example of Your truth and justice.”

 

 

Copyright © October 2013, Kirk Hunt

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How Do You Use What You Have?

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“How Do You Use What You Have?” by Kirk Hunt

 

Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:   For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

Proverbs 22:22–23 KJV

 

Everything legal is not correct or moral.  Segregation was once legal in the United States.  Education and literacy is not legal for everyone in the world today.

 

What the oppressors do not seem to understand is the price they pay when they oppress.  God Himself guards the poor and helpless.  His omniscient eye sees.  Eventually, His omnipotent hand moves.

 

Wealth and power have their place.  I certainly want them.  1 Timothy 6:10 does not criticize money directly.  Instead, Scripture condemns loving money so much that you do the wrong thing(s).

 

Money, influence and capitalism will not soon be outlawed in the world.  Nor should they.  Scripture commands you to use your wealth and influence with justice and fairness.  Do you?

 

God watches.  His blood boils when His little ones are oppressed.   Eventually, He moves against those who perpetrate injustice.

 

The more you have, the easier it is to oppress and mistreat others.  The more you have, the easier it is to act to benefit those around you, and still make a profit.  What does God see when you use your wealth and influence?

 

Think:            Justice and fairness please God.  How do I use my wealth and influence?

 

Pray:              “Lord, help me to use my wealth and influence with justice and fairness.”

 

 

Copyright © September 2012, Kirk Hunt

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The Gold Door

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“The Gold Door” by Kirk Hunt

 

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV

 

In my heart, there is a gold-plated door. The door has no lock and not much of a latch. That is because of the grace and beauty of the nation on the other side.

Elected officials lead with wisdom and a spirit of servant-hood. Business leaders act with humility and fairness, looking to build the nation at the risk of making a profit. Justice rules with kind words from noble hearts.

Beyond the golden door, men and women, act with grace and move in generosity. Hunger has been banished. Injustice has been exterminated. Peace and joy rule the hand. It is a place and space where Christ is King in the hearts of the citizens.

I know all too well what is on the other side of my real front door. That door has a lock. I have reinforced that door against intruders.

I refuse to believe the nation behind the golden door is impossible. I do, however know where the dream will start to become reality. It will appear first in the hearts of God’s people.

It is not impossible. First, Christians must first make Christ King of their own hearts. The nation will follow.

Think: As a Christian, I am called to remake the world around me in His image.

Pray: “Lord, help me to build your Kingdom, here and now.”

Copyright © August 2011, Kirk Hunt