How Long, O Lord...
The vision is given to us in Revelation of the souls of those who had been put to death because of their faith and open testimony crying out from underneath the altar: “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” God is a God of justice, and He promises it will come - sometimes in this life, but certainly at the Judgment.
There are yet many people today whom God hears crying out for justice who for weeks, months, years have lived lives of pain, hopelessness and desperation. “How long, O Lord,” cries...
...the missionary locked away in a damp, dark cell in a foreign prison with little to eat and no medical treatment.
...the ten-year-old who has been instructed yet again to go forage in the dumpsters behind the town restaurants to see if he can find some food for the day.
...the wife who waits in fear to see whether her husband will come home drunken again and beat her until she can hardly stand.
...the infant who has just survived a botched attempt at abortion whose cries for someone to pick her up and hold her and comfort her are falling on deaf ears.
...the bed-ridden elderly parent who waits for hours for their “child” to bring them something to eat or tend to their other needs.
...the little boy who lives in confusion and dread because his uncle has threatened to kill him and his mother if he ever tells about the “fun” things they do in the camper.
...the seven-year-old who sees her parents doing drugs nearly every day and cries herself to sleep at night because she is hungry and no one ever gives her a “good night” kiss.
Let us be engaged in setting right the wrongs perpetrated upon the human family and give them the hope of Christ Himself.