I've even heard a lot of people use this seeming unfairness of life as an excuse not to believe in God. "How could such a loving God allow [insert observed evil here]?" they ask. They can't reconcile our loving God, full of grace and mercy, and a world with so much suffering.
Then there are those who we see as good, hard-working, decent people on whose shoulders burden after burden seem to fall. "They don't deserve that," we hear over and over. Maybe we even ask, "Why?" ourselves. Where is their reward for doing good, for working hard, for trying to do the right thing?
" 24 The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever." ~ 1 Timothy 5:24-25
Some "good deeds are obvious" the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, and some are not. In other words, there are good people out there, doing good and serving others in a capacity where they are not observed. People are working behind the scenes to do good deeds that we never see in a spotlight. We never read a news story praising them for their service. But Paul promises these good deeds will come to light. Galatians 6:9 promises also that we will be rewarded for our good deeds at the "proper time."
Those rewards may come on this earth or they may not come until we ascend to Heaven, but we are promised they will come. If we do receive rewards here on earth, they won't come until it serves God's purpose that we receive them, until the time when our receiving them serves to glorify Him. But the promise remains. The "cannot remain hidden forever."
The same goes for the evil we so often believe is rewarded rather than punished. Some sins "reach the place of judgment" while the sinner still walks the earth. These are the people we see "get what they deserve" in our eyes. But this passage promises that evil will be punished. Those who are never saved, who go through life committing evil act after evil act, and never seem to suffer for it on this earth will one day pay. Their sins will catch up to them.
It's not our place to determine where, when, and how evil is punished or good is rewarded. And often, as human beings we can't understand God's plan or His timing. But we can have peace, even as we walk through this world that seems so unfair. That peace doesn't require understanding, but faith. Come to a place where you can trust God's Word, His promises that He will reward good and punish evil, and the world doesn't have to make sense to us.
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