Sunday, July 28, 2013

Ecclesiastes 8:11-13

"Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.
Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:
But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God."
Ecclesiastes 8:11-13

A good thing to remember.  Just because sins aren't answered with immediate lightning bolts from the sky doesn't mean that it isn't sin and that it won't have negative consequences.  And just because righteousness isn't immediately rewarded with whatever kinds of blessings that we are wishing for doesn't mean that there aren't positive consequences for righteousness either.  To me it is kind of like the whole free agency thing.  If everything was obviously good and obviously bad, we wouldn't have that real context where we could choose either one.  If good food all tasted good and bad food tasted bad, there would be no temptation or real two-sided freedom.  Same with other choices, and with obvious consequences.  Today, let's remember that no matter how things look sometimes, the truth is more complex.  God exists, and following him always pays off, even if we have to wait patiently for the great stuff. :)

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