'Christ in You...'
by Dale Krebbs
It has often been observed that it seems bad things happen to good people, which contradicts our sense of justice, as does good things happening to bad people. "Troubles trouble us all" goes a popular gospel song. And so they do.
But no matter what they may be, or the shape they may come in, they are not worthy. Or, as we could say, they are just not worth considering, or pondering, or dwelling on to any degree at all. They are not worthy to be compared with the absence of all trouble that is to come. Jesus was a "man of sorrows" as a man. But He became God again, as He was before. No one has or ever will have the troubles He endured. He has said that if we bear our cross with Him, our future will be worth all the trouble anyone can possible have or imagine. As often as not, our troubles are of our own making. Some are the result of time and chance - but God is in control, and allows it to be so.
To one degree or another, we are all in a cauldron our of which will come the finest gold. We must be refined, in order to live with a holy, perfect, and eternal Father. The Word of God states that a brother is born for trouble. Trouble comes in a thousand forms. Some even from a "brother" or "sister" in Christ. Hopefully, most come from a hostile world, even as it has been from the beginning. This is also a truism for all - it seems that we are all "born for trouble", because we have all been born into sin, into a world of sin, into the natural way of sin.
This being true, the Christian’s life does not have smooth edges.
The turns and twists are more often jagged sharp, unexpected, and illogical, and can seem to make no sense at all. But each one is only part of a larger and greater reality. But - there is method to the seeming madness. Each one is a test of faith and patience. Sometimes His word is "stand still". Sometimes it is "go forward" Sometimes it is "go forward and walk through the door I have opened for you". Sometimes it is "stand still and see the salvation of your God". Because Christ is holding our hand.
Of course much depends on the definition of "good" and "bad", which is very subjective. There are perhaps about as many definitions of good and bad as there are individual people. First, we must remember that God - Who sees all perfectly - looks straight at the heart. Not at appearances, and sometimes even seemingly ignores outward actions, good and bad actions. Also, God is no respecter of persons. He values all humanity equally on a level playing field since He created all humanity.
We, as part of His creation, are rife at judging by appearances either way, especially in our world today. God's ways are past finding out. His ways are mysterious to us. Our ways and thoughts, and purposes are not His naturally, until we surrender to Him. Many times His way of looking at people and events just makes no sense to us. But He is so great that He can use "good" and "bad" to ultimately create the final good.
There is also the principle of free agency. God allows mankind to choose his own ways, the consequences of which may be either good or bad depending upon the wisdom of the choice. Many times good people make bad choices, and visa versa, not because of being good or bad, but because all are human. When we factor in the law of time and chance and chaos, the issue becomes even more frustrating and confusing to many. It has always been so since Adam and Eve.
Ultimately, none are "good". Jesus even asked on one occasion "why do you call Me good? There is only One good, and that is God". If He were considered only as a human, even He could not be called "good". Since He was human, and was, and is God, however, His is the perfect "Good". We are not.
Perhaps sometimes the bad may not be as bad as they seem. Perhaps sometimes the good may not be as good as they seem. Lets us not justify or condemn until the Judge of all comes. He will sort it all out for us.
Then we will understand.
“Therefore JUDGE NOTHING before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.” - 1 Corinthians 4:5
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