Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Job 20:4-5 -- On Happily Ever After

"Knowest thou not this of old, since man was placed upon earth,
That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?"
Job 20:4-5

This reminds me that all of life is short, but I think that even more, it helps us to remember that evil doesn't ever really win.  It might look like it temporarily, and some authors sure like to favor the bad guys, but in real life, good always triumphs eventually.  Probably all of us have felt like we've lost a battle with evil at some point... where we were clearly on the right side, and still lost.  And, in God's infinite mercy, some of us have also been saved even we were clearly in the wrong.  ... But the end of the story we already know.  God wins.  Good wins.  And our struggle and our lessons are to try to get ourselves in good enough shape, inside and out, to be firmly and sincerely on the winning side.  All good.
Today, let's not lose heart when things seem to be going quite literally to hell.  Let's remember that all things will work together for good if we love God and serve him (Romans 8:28, and others).  We might have to be a little bit patient.  We might have to endure some hardship... but the ending is good.  We all live happily ever after. :)  It doesn't have to be just a fairy tale, if we are on God's side.

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