Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Disaster! Now what?

And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't get discouraged and give up. Galatians 6:9 TLB

Recently, among some of the members of our church, there has been an unusual amount of setbacks and troubles. And while it has been accurately observed that "into each life some rain must fall", the ironic thing about these events are they all occurred when the individuals affected by them were engaged in the most altruistic of endeavors. As they were busy tending to the things of God the cruelest vicissitudes of life intruded upon them.

When hardships occur in the lives of non-believers and those devoted to narcissistic pursuits, we sagely nod our heads, cluck our tongues and exclaim we are not surprised. But if we are honest, most of us will have to confess to a notion that in the undertaking of God’s work we expect to be protected from life’s turbulence. Doubtless the above mentioned individuals, at some point, cried out to God, "Why!" "Why now, why in the middle of my service to you?"

I believe that God, in all His grace and love understands those cries and I believe He cries with us. John 11:35 is one of the clearest examples of the grief of humans affecting Jesus. But we must understand that God is always more concerned with the state of our eternal soul rather than the disposition of our temporal body! In the these situations He is at work, perfecting, shaping, and molding us to be able to fit into His heaven.

An old preacher, who has since gone on to his reward, once told me that God cannot have anyone in His heaven that Satan can point at and say, "He’s only there because I never got a shot at him!" Likewise, I can be sure that God will not allow anyone in hell to lift up their head and accuse Him of not giving them the chance to be in heaven. The problem is one of justice. Here on earth it, justice is not now, nor ever has been, fair and equitable. We, as Christians, understand that our God is a God of justice. And His justice, my beloved, is not denied, merely delayed. We live with the hope that there is coming a day when the scales when be evened for eternity. It is this hope that gives us the strength to persist in "doing what is right." 

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