Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Psalm 91

In my devotions I read Psalm 91:7-13.

It was a passage I needed to hear today. I am tempted to read it literally, somehow hoping that it is a sign of things to turn for the better, especially after I heard some more bad news regarding my parents today.

And then I wondered: "What a great world it would be if the righteous were blessed and the wicked were punished?", or would it? There are so many good people who suffer tremendously and there are so many, shall I say "bastards", who have it all going for them: "Health, wealth, seemingly not a day's worries". Oh, the world can be glad that I'm not God, especially today.

Perhaps this is why evil prospers; there does not seem to be any incentive to be good. In a world of retribution, especially divine retribution, people would be good, or else... One might say that the reward is in the long-term. Religion would suggest it's either heaven or hell. Problem is, most of the baddies don't believe in the afterlife in any case, so they'll continue in their ways and won't bother seeing the righteous struggle.

Then again, not all people who struggle are righteous, not all people who prosper are evil. Sometimes I feel like I don't want to help God cross the road like a little old lady. I want to get behind this lady, grab her by the back and PUSH, running, with walking sticks flying, just to get to the other side quickly.

Meditation: "Stop trying to help God cross the road like a little old lady". Yes, Lord.


Herman Groenewald said...

So many things seem unfair but yet it is written in Mat 5:45 so that you may become the children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun to shine on bad and good people alike, and gives rain to those who do good and to those who do evil.
It would seem that in doing so God wants all to understand that there is no favouritism. Hrd lesson to acept and learn, but we sse that in every day life that is so. Hope Ps 91 helped.

Herman Groenewald said...

A New Breath
(Ezekiel 37:1-14)
Pasted a sermon into my blog that helps when we are in need of a new breath of life.
Can dry bones live?

Wallace said...
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Wallace said...

I struggled with that question back in the 90's. I had examples of how God didn't want me to do business... propserous people. But what I came to realize in a prosperous businessman who followed God, that those Godless men were empty. They were bottomless chests never to be filled with enough. That same businessman is now at the mercy of an awful economy, has lost a 40+ year old family business, and could lose what he has left. Even in the face of worldly loss, his faith in God is ever stronger, and his will to do God's bidding is clear. Isn't true wealth found in the soul (or many souls) we fill God's chest with !/? Thank God for the wonderful examples he places in our path, should we choose His path.

I hope you are well, Wessel !