For the Good and the Bad
Sunday 21 January 2024
Beauty, Gold And White,
Shall Also Pass.
As We All Will.
What Purpose Has God In All That?
But he said to her, ‘You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?’ In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
Words of Grace For Today
But what is God’s purpose?
Job suffers. No one really can figure out (though many theorize) why God does such terrible things to Job.
Jonah gets the call from God. Jonah runs away because Jonah knows that the task God has for him is, first of all, a thankless task. The Ninevites will not repent. Secondly, they more than deserve to be destroyed. So why should Jonah bother!
God knows otherwise and persists with extraordinary measures to get Jonah on task.
Finally Jonah relents and gives the Ninevites a lacklustre warning, “Repent or be destroyed.”
God’s surprise for Jonah starts with the Ninevites all repenting.
And God continues with the surprise by relenting and not destroying these terribly evil people.
History shows that Nineveh was destroyed eventually.
So I guess God is merciful and loving, but it’s really hard for us people to change and stay changed.
What are we to do with that today?!