You’ve probably heard the saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” This statement is especially true when it comes to situations we as Christians face.
Often, we feel the same as the Thessalonians and their frustration they experienced, wondering why God seems to allow ungodly people to do whatever they wish — evil and sin seem to be rewarded, while those of us trying to live with integrity struggle to get by. The Thessalonians were also discouraged because they heard rumors that they missed Jesus’ return (2 Thessalonians 2:2). Frustration coupled with discouragement is a dangerous combination because it build up and stops us from growing and changing.
The good news is that God’s “slowness” in dealing with the evil in this world is not the result of his permissiveness; it is the proof of His merciful patience. “But do not forget this one thing dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:8-9).
God gives all of us time to ample repent if we are truly His because He loves us. When we wonder why God isn’t giving people what they deserve, remember these two things:
We don’t know when Jesus will return to Earth. But when He does, “…all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness” (2 Thessalonians 2:12).
In the end, Jesus’ followers will be rewarded, and evil will be punished. Following Jesus and living in a way that pleases Him is never a wasted effort. The benefits of our obedience to Him far surpass anything this world has to offer.
Father, thank you for calling me to your own. Forgive me of my sins and help me repent of them. Lead me and guide me on a path where I live for your Glory and your purpose for me.
Kiefer is an Elder and the Worship Leader at Pleasant Grove Reformed Church, outside of the church he is a creative director and graphic artist.
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