2005-08-28 - Life's Not Fair
Psalm 9, Part 5
A plea for the continuation of this deliverance (vv. 13-20) (cont'd)
So although life continues to be unfair, the nations continue to reject God,
and the oppressed continue to be persecuted, men had better learn to fear
God. For things will not always remain as they are. God will remember, that
is, decide when it is time to act. He will arise. He will bring judgment
on the unrighteous. This is the hope of the believer and should be the fear
of the lost.
"First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come,
scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, `Where is this
'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as
it has since the beginning of creation.' But they deliberately forget that
long ago, by God's word, the heavens existed and the earth was formed out
of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged
and destroyed. By the same word, the present heavens and earth are reserved
for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:
With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand
years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some
understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish,
but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like
a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed
by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare" (2 Peter
Judgment is coming. Warn the world to "Fear the Lord!"
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but
fools despise wisdom and discipline" (Proverbs 1:7).
Yes, life isn't fair, but if we fear the Lord, that means we know that justice
and fairness will eventually reign. Listen to what Paul said to the believers
"We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly
so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of
you has for each other is increasing. Therefore, among God's churches we
boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials
you are enduring. All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and
as a result, you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which
you are suffering. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble
you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will
happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from Heaven, in blazing fire with
his powerful angels. He will punish those who do not know God and do not
obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting
destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty
of his power on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to
be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because
you believed our testimony to you.
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our
God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power, he may fulfill
every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray
this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you
in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ" (2
Thessalonians 1: 3-12).
This is our hope and a warning to the lost.
We can have total confidence in God, His love of us and the fact He is in
control of our lives, if we allow Him that control. We don't need life to
be fair if we have the Holy Spirit indwelling us, for "
... we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love
him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).
Think about this for a moment. Everything we have suffered, have gone through
and are going through, is for our blessing. And this remains true as long
as we are living for the Lord and are looking for the Spirit's leading in
To be continued.
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