Sunday, March 4, 2012

Growing Up Together

I want justice and I want it now.  I can't tolerate hucksters who get rich.  I don't want criminals to go free.  I cry out against liars who gain a following.  I revolt at thieves peacefully enjoying their spoils.  Surely God can stop these people, but He doesn't always do it.  Why not?

Why do the wicked prosper?  Why do the faithless live at ease?--Jeremiah 12:1

Because I am looking at their situation from my perspective, of course.  I keep forgetting that God loves them.  Yes, He does.  He loves the thieves, the murderers, the liars, the cheaters.  He made them, after all, just the same as He made me.  Then I remember:

He causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.--Matthew 5:45
I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.--Exodus 33:19

While we live, we all experience God's mercy according to His perfect will, not according to our limited, prejudicial vision. 

Maybe, for those not chosen for His everlasting company in heaven, the mercy He extends is even greater. For those who will not share God's eternal pleasure, it will be the only ease they will ever know.  Perhaps God is loving them the only way He can given the circumstances.

Let both (weeds and wheat) grow together until the harvest.  At that time, I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barns.--Matthew 13:30

The world looks backwards when we consider only the world.  It makes more sense when we include the concerns of a loving and benevolent God.  He knows already who He will save.   Those who He will not, He may, when He chooses, give rest and comfort here.  They will know none later.


  1. Overall, good thinking. We simply can't see into the hearts. Only He can. And only He can bring changes beyond our imagination. Some day we'll see... most likely, in heaven.

  2. What a lovely perspective on God's love and grace to the ungodly! He loves so much better than we do. I want to be moved with His compassion towards all, especially these so far from him.
    Thank you for a grace-breathed post.

  3. Your post highlights the beauty of God's love for those who refuse to come to Him, but at that same time, it's a very sad post. He's so much more more than rain and temporary pleasures in this world if only they would turn to Him.

    Visiting from Hear It On Sunday.

    Manifest Blog

    1. You're right, Stephen. When I look at it that way, it is sad. I didn't mean it that way, but there is no other way, is there? Thanks for visiting and following, but especially for giving me something to think about.

  4. Profound thoughts. And even in these things God is always good and His mercies endure forever.

  5. Very profound, and I'm struck by the fact that we both touched on similar themes this week, just different angles.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog!

  6. Very interesting post. You bring up some points I had never considered. Thank you for sharing.