Sunday, March 4, 2012
Growing Up Together
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.