Recently my son had a business trip. Rather than navigate an unknown city with maps, he borrowed my GPS. He placed it in his checked luggage on his return trip. The morning after his arrival, he went through his suitcase to return it, but found the GPS unit and the car charger missing. Since he didn’t report it within four hours, the airline said they had no liability.
How frustrating! We must leave our suitcases unlocked so that they can be examined for explosives. Any airport employee or dishonest TSA agent can snatch whatever they please.
I was particularly annoyed since this is the second unit I’ve had stolen in the past year. Someone took the first unit out of my car when I left it for repairs over Thanksgiving. I notified the company and asked if the devices could be disabled, but that’s not possible. If I could do something I wouldn’t feel quite so irritated, but helplessness aggravates me even more.
At times like this, the decadence of our society sickens me, and I’d like to poke God to make sure he’s aware of what’s going on. Things are pretty nasty here, but I didn’t suffer half as much as those people in the Colorado movie theater. I feel like Habakkuk who cried out to God, “Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.” (Hab. 1:3-4)
Yeah! God knew how we’d respond to injustice and wickedness, so the Bible contains God’s response to Habakkuk. “Look among the nations, be astonished! Wonder! Because I’m doing something in your days. You would not believe it if you were told.” The Lord goes on to say he was preparing the Chaldeans to invade and punish Israel.
Since God doesn’t change, I’m certain he’s working now, even though I can’t see it. There’s a phrase in the Revelation that throws some light on the dilemma. A false prophetess led the church at Thyatira astray. The Lord said, “…I gave her time to repent and she does not want to repent of her immorality.” (Rev. 2:21) God’s mercy allows the sinner time to turn, and he judges when man’s heart becomes so depraved that it won’t respond.
But I can forgive and let go of my anger when I remember that thief will stand before God in the final judgment. Every hidden deed will be exposed in that moment, and God will administer justice. He’s got tons of experience at that job, and he’ll do better than I ever could. On the other hand, I can look forward to an inheritance in his presence that goes beyond my imagination. That missing GPS unit will seem petty in the light of heaven’s glory.
Thank you, God for the hope I have in Christ. I’m forgiven and blessed to have your grace. Help me to keep my eyes on eternity.