Friday, March 2, 2012

Ezekiel 18:25-27

"Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?
When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.
Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive."
Ezekiel 18:25-27

It is easy to think that God's ways are unfair or unequal... we're all different, and in this chapter, and sometimes in life, it can seem like we are suffering for someone else's mistakes. Or it can seem like we're suffering while trying to do good, and someone else is doing bad and is perfectly happy. And maybe we are, and they are. But as God mentions here, we're the ones who are unequal. :) God, in the end, is perfectly balanced... giving everyone a chance, and allowing people to make new choices and turn around. We're the ones who are often too quick to judgement, who compare our weaknesses to others' strengths, or laugh at others' weaknesses because of our strengths. God, who can see the whole picture, with a much better perspective than any of us can have even on our best days, will in the end, judge us all fairly, and we will see the justice and the mercy in it clearly. But in the meantime, we can't expect things to always be balanced while we're acting unbalanced. In general, life isn't fair... it isn't supposed to be. Part of the test is seeing what we can do with what we have, instead of waiting around for the wealth or the weaknesses or the tragedies to be redistributed. Will we be generous with what we have? That is a pertinent question no matter what else other people are doing with what they have. Will we love other people and help them out? That is important, no matter how other people are treating us. Let's trust God to make things right in the end... and today, let's stop worrying about whether God is unjust or unequal, and start focusing on how we're treating the people around us. :) Let's be nicer, and kinder, and more generous... and perhaps in the end, we'll become better able to stand in the day when we experience true equality.

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