TODAY’S READING: PSALM 34-37
Too often we just accept what we are told. Many, many Christians believe that God is saving some and destroying others. In fact, many Christians believe that God is going to destroy a lot of others because “the way is narrow.”
However, instead of just accepting that God saves some and destroys others, we need to really think things through. We need to take the ideas to their logical conclusions. We need to hold these ideas up what scripture asks of us.
For example, Psalm 37:2 says, “Trust in the Lord.”
Can I really, truly trust a God that is going to save a handful of people because they believe certain ideas? Even when most of those ideas and your opportunity to hear those ideas are based on when and where you were born?
Because when we say trust, we are talking about putting our life in his hands. That’s the context of this verse – to trust God and do good even when there is evil everywhere around you.
Or, Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord.”
Can you really delight yourself in an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God, one who created everything, that will destroy finite beings who had no choice in where they born, who they were born to, what would shape their beliefs? Beliefs, by the way, that are largely set before you are even aware of what you should or shouldn’t believe.
Can you really take pleasure in a God that will destroy millions if not billions of other people?
Or, Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit your way to the Lord.”
Can you really commit your way – that is your manner of living – to a God that destroys whole cities, burns cities with fire, floods the entire earth? Even when that God tells you to turn the other cheek, to repay evil with good, to love your enemies, and on and on? If God destroys the wicked, then why wouldn’t his followers who have committed their way to him?
Or, Psalm 37:7 says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”
Can you really just wait patiently on a God that destroys so many? If there are so many evildoers and wicked people around, then why do you need to wait on God to destroy them? Why should you suffer now and wait patiently for God to destroy the wicked hundreds, even thousands, of years later?
I don’t see how I could truly – with all of my heart, mind, soul, and strength – trust, delight in, commit to, and wait patiently for a God that is going to destroy the wicked later when it could be done now.
But, I can truly trust, delight in, commit to, and wait patiently on God that is so loving that he gave his son for the whole world. A God that is working to bring life and life more abundantly.
Thankfully, Jesus revealed that we do not have to trust, delight in, commit to, and wait patiently for a God that both saves and destroys. He told us that very clearly in John 10:10 when he said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that that they may have life and have it abundantly.”