My steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the boastful,
When I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
For there are no pangs in their death,
But their strength is firm.
They are not in trouble. as other men,
Nor are they plagued like other men.
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I was thinking these very same thoughts one sunny summer day. While driving up Lauck Road in my home town (otherwise known as 108th), I was contemplating the “unfairness” of this fact—that it seems the ungodly have little pains, little strife, little challenges. They would probably disagree. But from my vantage point, it seemed true.
But then a verse popped into my mind. “The Father causes his rain to fall on the just and the unjust; the sun likewise shines on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45). And I remembered what someone had told me long ago—that for those of us who love God, this life is the worst that it will get; for those who do not love Him, this life is the best they’ll ever have. And for the first time, it occurred to me that maybe God just wants to lavish blessings on those who have made up their minds to reject Him, because here on earth, it’s the only place where those blessings can flow
What else would a loving Father do?
Dana Larson says
That’s profound, Shannon. And very sad.
I feel the same way, Dana. I think of all the recipients of God’s good gifts—-love, joy, sunshine, friendships—-who will never look up, never say thank You. And God gives knowing full well that they will never turn to Him.