If folks can put a man on the moon, why can’t they make a ball point pen that writes (every time)?
When I buy groceries and begin to write a check – the pen doesn’t write, or the ink skips where you can’t read the writing. It’s always been amazing to me, that the more simple a thing is, the more complicated man makes it.
Do you think that’s the reason why folks seemingly can’t understand the Bible — because they make something that is relatively simple (the gospel) complicated?
My question for God is the same as Jeremiah’s question for God: “Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?” (Jeremiah 12:1).
God’s answer can only be found “in the sanctuary” (Psalm 73:17), “a place of meditation on God and His word. A spiritual place of prayer and worship, where one comes to understand who God is” (see below Southside commentary).
The answer is that the wicked won’t prosper very long – theirs is a temporary state. In fact, “those who are far from You [God] shall perish” (Psalm 73:27) – they are presently walking on “slippery places” (Psalm 73:18), and they will have an end (Psalm 73:19,27).
God will render judgment on these folks in His time (Romans 12:19), thus patience on our part is required, totally trusting in God, and being guided by God’s counsel (Psalm 73:22-24).
The Southside church provides additional commentary on the above listed texts http://www.southsidechurchofchrist.com/bible-articles/jeremiahs-burden.html
Today’s nudge, “Why do people look at the outside and judge so quickly?”
One answer is that a lot of folks are simply lazy and impatient. This is why they quickly jump to conclusions. It takes time to get to know and understand an individual – their background, the way they think, etc.
In my view, the best thing about God, is found in 1 Corinthians Chapter 1, where Paul emphasizes the fact that “the power of God” is closely associated with the “preaching of the cross” (1 Corinthians 1:18; cf. Romans 1:16).
To those who have no desire to know, understand, or continue to pattern their lives after the instructions found in the saving gospel of Christ, the preaching of the cross is to them “foolishness” (1 Corinthians 1:18; cf. Romans 1:21-22).
When I have a troubling or difficult problem to face, I want a friend I can confide in; one with whom I can pour out my innermost feelings to; one who understands what I’m going through, and one who can offer wisdom, insight, and if possible, a solution (or solutions) to the problem.
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.
Upton Sinclair, American author and politician (1878-1968)
Good question: “How will I walk during the new year?” I believe I’ll try and take the advice of Paul in Ephesians 5:15-17 (ESV):
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
The Phillips translation says, “Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the evils of these days. Don’t be vague but grasp firmly what you know to be the will of the Lord.”