Sometimes We Wonder
“For the word of the Lord is upright, / and all his work is done in faithfulness. / He loves righteousness and justice; / the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.”
Written in, Psalm 33:4–5 esvbible.org
Sometimes we wonder!
No matter who we are, whether we are followers of Jesus, or whether we are followers of ourselves, or some other idol, we see and hear and believe that the earth is full of misery, and sadness, and distress, and destruction, and desolation, and war, and poverty, and disasters, and meteorites, and above all, evil.
And yet …
The earth is not consumed by fire.
No plague strikes everyone on the planet.
Peoples and tyrants and armies are restrained.
The oceans do not flow over and drown the continents.
Some say, well, at least not yet anyway. As they live every day in fear that one or more of these catastrophes is waiting to happen.
But, will you considered again, God’s wonderful promise to Noah, God’s covenant with Noah, when The Flood had subsided:
“‘I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.’ And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.’”
God’s love is steadfast, meaning it is unbreakable, unchanging, immoveable, trustworthy, faithful, constant and consistent.
Consider that there is not a single being on earth who is deserving of the grace of God.
And yet …
The earth is not destroyed.
The grace of God is poured out unabated.
The gospel continues to be announced throughout the world.
In many places by many people, the poor are fed and clothed.
The Church continues to grow and thrive, even where persecuted.
By God’s common grace the followers of Jesus, and the followers of selves, or other idols, still work, and eat, and play, and laugh, and care, and love, and create beautiful art and music.
Again, none of us, not one of us, deserves the grace and mercy and goodness of the Lord. We are sinners, who are all deserving of the just wrath and punishment from the holy, sovereign and righteous God. But His grace prevails.
And, because the earth is full, that’s full, not a part or a portion, but the whole earth is full of the steadfast love of God.
His love that seeks us.
His love that saves us.
His love that sustains us.
His love that searches us out.
His love that satisfies our every need.
His love that sets us apart as His redeemed.
Because of the steadfast love of God, here’s what’s coming for the followers of Jesus:
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
We wonder, we look in wonder, and we look at the wonderful glory and grace and majesty of God!
Soli Deo gloria!