Thirsty Thursday: What is Fair?

My Uncle died last year.  It’s hard to believe that last year at this time, he was with us.

My Aunt’s brother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer.  He went through chemotherapy and it worked for him.  His hair is growing back and he seems to be healthy.  My Aunt said that she didn’t think it was fair and my mother agreed.

In my limited understanding, it is not fair that someone who loves his family, works hard, and does his best dies before he ever gets to see his granddaughter.  In my limited understanding, it is not fair that someone who uses and deals drugs recovers from chemotherapy and gets to see his family another day.  It does not look fair from this angle.

From an eternal perspective, it’s still not fair.  My Uncle knew Jesus as his Lord and Savior.  He is basking in the unimaginable glow of God’s presence as we speak.  The brother-in-law has a second chance to know the truth and to have the same eternal comfort my Uncle and Grandmother have.  Why does he get another chance?

The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  2 Peter 3:9

Contrary to what some would have you believe, God wants everyone to spend eternity in heaven.  God wants all of us to love Him and know Him.  But we have to choose Him.

Jesus told a parable (Matthew 20:1-16) about workers in a field. The Master told the workers that at the end of the day they would each receive a coin. All day people were hired to work until the day was over. At the end of the day, the workers who showed up last were given a coin.  All the workers no matter how long they worked each received a coin.  The workers who had been there since the beginning were mad that they had worked so hard all day and got the same pay as those who showed up later in the day.

It doesn’t matter when you decide to follow Christ. You can follow Him early in life or you can follow Him from your deathbed. Either way, you will spend eternity with God. God wants everyone to come to know Him. He wants all of us to repent from our sin and follow Him. He gives us chance after chance.  It’s not fair.  We don’t deserve it.  And I am so thankful and appreciative that God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness (Psalm 86:15).  If He weren’t, I don’t know where I would be.

Thirsty Thursday: Praise Report

Something wonderful happened last night!  My best friend’s son got saved at Vacation Bible School.

I’m sure from the title, you were expecting something different, but this news is bigger and more important than Hunny and I finding a place to live.  Hunny and I already have our eternal place to live in heaven.  We know that Jesus has prepared a place for us with God (John 14:1-3).  My friend’s son now has his place in heaven.  His name is in the book of life (Revelation 20:11-15) and no matter how long or short his time on earth is, he doesn’t have to worry about eternity.  And there is extra joy in heaven because one of God’s creations has chosen Him (Luke 15:8-10).

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Thirsty Thursday: Searching for You

When Hunny and I went on our long trek to see his family, I lost my engagement ring.

Hunny found my wedding band and the other ring I had been wearing that weekend on the floor in our hotel room.  Unfortunately, my engagement ring was not with them.  I knew it had to be in the room somewhere.  I went through both trash cans taking out every single item.  I looked through our dirty clothes.  I searched the ten inches of carpet between my side of the bed and the window.  I looked in drawers.  I looked everywhere.

This ring means a great deal to me and to Hunny.  When he offered to have it replaced, I cried, “We don’t have the money for that, and it won’t be the ring you proposed with.”  Then we did what we should have done when I realized the ring was missing: we prayed.  We asked God that we would find the ring in the room before we had to check out.

After looking everywhere, and now doubting that I even had it in the room, our time was up.  We had to check out.  We prayed one last time.  Hunny hugged me and he dropped what he had in his hands on the floor.  I bent over to pick it up, and there was the ring!  It was under the bed in a spot I hadn’t looked before (and I would have sworn that I checked every inch of that carpet).  We were so happy!  I wanted to call everyone I knew right then and there to share my joy.

God feels the same way about us.  Jesus was hanging out and some people with bad reputations came to Him.  The “religious” people, Pharisees, were there and were unhappy that Jesus wanted to spend time with the “bad” people.  Jesus said:

“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?  And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’  Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”  Luke 15: 3-10

More often than not, I’m the lady with the lost coin.  Searching frantically for something I’ve misplaced.  I can attest to how exciting it is to find what you are looking for.  I can’t begin to imagine how awesome it is in heaven when one of us turns to Jesus.  He is right there with us waiting for us to turn around and say, “I can’t do this life thing on my own.  I need Your help.”

God tells us He is easy to find.

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

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