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“And they were not permitted to kill anyone, but to torment for five months; and their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it stings a man” (Revelation 9:5).

Wickedness does create torment.  In your own experience, you have witnessed where one does something wicked and another pays the price.  Is the Lord doing it?  No!  How many times has the Lord stopped wickedness from hurting you?  We do not know.  The sting of pain without the relief of sleep, or even death which makes us lament is also a part of this age’s experience.  Turn to the Lord, for He is the only salve of comfort in this world.

Lord, there has been disappointment and heartache.  Help me to look to You and know that You not only are with me, but that You too have experienced these things.  Let me not linger upon the sting of pain nor the anguish of suffering that comes because of wickedness.  Let me instead taste the sweetness of Your presence and the truth of Your goodness in my life no matter the circumstance.

Lord Jesus, Savior of all who believe, You have not stopped the judgement that comes upon the wicked.  I have experienced its sloppy recompense.  Save me in every time of trial and no matter what comes, keep my heart close to You.  No matter the cross I must bear, You have given me a promise that there is purpose in everything and a gift that comes through carrying my cross.  In time of need, help me to see Your promise unfolding.  Amen.