Dear Fellow Pilgrim,
So much of the life of walking in faith involves patient trust – yes, even patient waiting. “Trust God and do good” says the Psalmist. Whenever we are being mistreated or persecuted or treated unjustly (whether the latter be as a result of our faith or not) we want to strike back, demand our rights, and grasp the high position we think is ours. There is a time for action, for appealing to Caesar. And of course when it comes to protecting and helping others there is almost always a need for proactive engagement. But as to ourselves, Scripture seems consistent in wanting us to check our first impulse toward action, toward managing our reputation, toward claiming or reclaiming the exalted position we may think is ours. Wait. Do good. Be humble. Trust God. We can do that, we can let go of our rights during this earthly pilgrimage, because we know he cares for us. Even if we have to wait until glory, until the great day of resurrection before we are exalted, that is OK. Our future is sure. Our inheritance will never spoil or fade. Right now we must concentrate on being the right kind of people before God we are called to be, and he will take care of our needs. I give you 1st Peter 5:6-7:
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.