“When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do£?” (Psalm 11: 3)
Greek is a very precise language. Hebrew is not. That’s why we frequently find footnotes that suggest alternate readings in the margins of our Bible when we are reading Old Testament Scripture passages. The NIV translation of Psalm 11:3 has such a footnote. The alternate reading suggested for this verse is: When the foundations of your life are breaking up, “What is the righteous One doing?”
In a long life I have experienced several periods when it seemed that the foundations of my life were breaking up. I have found the suggested alternate reading of this verse to be a reliable response that turned many of those crises into very significant spiritual datelines in my journey of faith.
My faith walk began in 1949, and along the way I dropped two words out of my vocabulary: “fortunately” and “coincidentally.” Because I believe in Divine Providence, I no longer believe in luck. And I agree with the spiritual “heavyweight” who stated that when a devout believer thinks they have experienced a coincidence that just means God prefers to remain anonymous.
The Chinese characters for “crisis” are the characters for “danger” and “opportunity.” I believe we should factor into all our crises this knee jerk response: “What is the righteous One doing in my life now?” I find that He is always up to something and ultimately it is always something very good. It is not primarily for our good but it is what accomplishes His good for His glory.
Dick Woodward, 02 July 2010