Things Hard To Understand

  Why do bad things happen to good people?  Or, why do good things happen to bad people?  When we say good people, or bad people, do we mean relatively good or bad?  Jesus said, “There is none good but God.”  If we compare ourselves with certain other people we know, we stand a good chance of coming out looking pretty good.  On the other hand, if we compare ourselves with the true standard of goodness, the Lord God Himself, we come up on the light side of the scales.  But, if we look at people in the relative sense, the question remains, “Why do the wicked prosper and the righteous suffer?”  In the final analysis, we have to say, “We’ll understand it better by and by,” but there are some things we know about the subject.  We know that God is good all the time, and the very essence of His character is love.  When we put that against the fact that God knows everything, and He can do everything, we have to conclude that He has a purpose that perhaps is above our level of understanding.  There are some things that just have to be taken by faith.  When our understanding is opened in eternity to know all things, as 1Corinthians 13 says we will, we will see how God was providentially putting together the pieces of the puzzle of history to bring about His sovereign purpose.  We will be able to see the good result that God brought forth out of adverse circumstances.  Until then, we simply live by faith and praise God for His loving kindness, even in those things we do not understand.  As to the prosperity of the wicked, we must realize they are like the passengers aboard the Titanic who were lounging in the luxury of their surroundings.  What they didn’t realize was that they were headed for disaster.  Better is one day in His house than thousands elsewhere!

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