Life is a Privilege that God wants us to Value
By Lee Roy Anderson
Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth, Matthew 5:5. Proverbs 2:22 says, But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth and transgressors shall be rooted out of it. So often it seems like the evil will inherit the earth rather than the meek. Bad people with evil intentions appear blessed in many ways that good people are not. It is a hard lesson to learn that the rain fall on the just and the unjust alike. See Matthew 5:45. Often it would be so nice to see the unkind, cruel, hateful people get what they deserve. Like God’s people throughout history we cry out for God to bring justice upon the heads of our persecutors. In due time, God will do just that. God’s time is not our time however, we must learn to be patient and wait God offers us a helpful suggestion in waiting for justice to come. Jesus says, Judge not that ye be not judged. Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye but consider not the beam that is in thine own eye, Matthew 7:1-3. It is easy to sit back and hope for other people to receive their just desserts but, what God wants us to do is make sure that we are doing everything that we should be doing. Justice is God’s responsibility. Ours is to do those things that we know are pleasing to God, and to avoid doing the things that he dislikes like judging our neighbors. If we can learn to be obedient to the will of God, we will find that life becomes a little easier to live and a lot more fulfilling. Life ceases to be such a struggle, for us and it becomes a joy God sent Jesus Christ to fight the battle for us. He has become the victor our victor. To his disciples Jesus said, Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you, John 14:27, Help me to follow peace.