Morning once again
Ecclesiastes ch 8 v 14 says to us “There is a vanity which occurs on earth, that there are just men to whom it happens according to the work of the wicked; again, there are wicked men to whom it happens according to the work of the righteous. I said that this also is vanity.”
Does it seem, sometimes, that the righteous seem to receive all of the bad things, and the wicked seem to go through life unscathed, untouched. They have the big cars and the nice houses on the hill. They can take fancy holidays and have the good jobs. Nothing bad ever seems to happen to them. This can be our view if we are in a tough time. it’s irrational but sometimes its how we see things, particularly at work.
A main reason that 1 Peter ch 2 v 18 to 24 was written I believe is to warn us that sometimes the innocent are caught in God’s justice. They will have to suffer for something that they have not caused. The test for us is whether we will be able to accept God’s plan for our development, His judgment, and take it in the same spirit that Christ did. If anyone could ever cry out, “Unfair! Unfair!” Jesus would have to be the One.
How about us? What trials have we gone through, in which we did not cause the trial but became caught in somebody else’s sin? It is very easy in such cases to cry out to God, “Unfair! Unfair! God, why are You allowing this to happen to me?” The implication of our complaint is, “After all the good things that I’ve done for You, God, You treat me like this?”. We become frustrated and accuse God, never even stopping to think that, if we received truly fair treatment, we would get what happened to Nadab and Abihu and Ananias and Sapphira!
God wants to see if we have faith in His plan for our lives and His judgment, in Him as an absolutely perfect Judge. Do we trust Him, or do we only trust Him when the going is good?
So this week I encourage all of us who have a relationship with God through Jesus to remember just how much he loves us.
Have a good week