Why good things happen to bad people?

January 30, 2010

Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people?

Reading: Exodus 12:14-13:16, Mt 20:29-21:22, Psalm 25:16-22, Prov 6:12-15

S:

“May integrity & honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you.” Psalm 25:21

O:

David cried out to the Lord in psalms 25:16-22 – he put his trust and hope in the Lord saying that his character of integrity and honesty would protect him as he followed after the Lord and asked for his protection.

A:

At times it may seem that we are not “rewarded” for our good characteristics – yet others are rewarded and are just evil – see “Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people ~    //www.gotquestions.org/good-things-bad-people.html

Also check out the link on, “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people.” http://www.gotquestions.org/bad-things-good-people.html

P:

Father I thank you for your grace and forgiveness. Help me to live a life of integrity and honesty. Let me discern that which is right from wrong. Help me to know you will and do your work. In Jesus name, protect me, guide me, go before me, amen.

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The Angel of the Lord Brings Good News

Jan 02, 2010

Gen 3, 4, 5, Luke 2

S – Scripture: Luke 2:10 “but the angel reassured them (shepherds). “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.”

O – Observation: Jesus was born and shepherds saw an angel of the Lord which brought fear to their hearts, the angel assured them that he was there to bring good news – Jesus the Son of God was born:  v 11-12 “The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

A – Application: Often times when God shows us a sign, or presents a messenger (by person, Word, teaching, etc) – we immediately think of all the things we have done wrong, or the “wrath of God” – this scripture reminds us that God’s angels can also bring messages of goodness, hope, and promises fulfilled.

P – Prayer:

Father help thou my unbelief. Forgive me for my sins. Help to me to know and do your will. Let your will be done, use me to carry out your work. Let my mind be clear to hear and know you. Create in me a clean heart, oh Lord. For you are the potter and I am the clay.

Reflection: In the past year I felt led to move from the only home that I have ever known. I moved to be closer to my fiancé at the time, now my husband, to another state with no other family or friends. I still believe that this is God’s will, although I am and have been challenged by cultural differences and unfamiliar surroundings. Although sometimes I want God to move faster, He has had to break this clay pot (me) into tiny pieces, only to rebuild and continues to rebuild my character to become the person He needs me to be. At times I’ve felt like dust from being broken and crushed, left as a parched soul, waiting for the rain to come to restore me to dirt so that I could become clay again – and praying the wind would not come and blow me away as particles in the wind.  I pray that I always am available to be molded.