Throughout the Bible we find that God measures the actions of men and deals with them accordingly. He is impartial in this act for He uses the same standard for all men. Those who are righteous are blessed, while those who are wicked are condemned. It was for this very reason that Abraham could not believe that God would treat the righteous and the wicked the same way in His judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham asked, “Shall not the judge of all the earth do right?” The word “right” means just, and it is an appeal to the righteousness of God. With this thought in mind, let’s take a broader look at scripture to consider the righteousness of God.
There once was a man who worked his land until it produced plentifully. He had an abundance. In fact, he had so much that he was able to retire from his work. This man was able to relax and enjoy life. Really, when you look at this man many might say that he was living the “American Dream”. Now what’s wrong with that? After all, this man doesn’t appear to be a blatant sinner. The text doesn’t describe him as a drunkard, murderer, adulterer, thief, or any such thing. He was simply a man who worked hard, and accumulated a great wealth. Jesus made it very plain, however, that there was a problem. It was a problem that cost this man his soul because his plans weren’t God’s plans.
With each new tragedy, people call God into question. There are many who believe that God is not real because of the suffering that exists in the world. Others come to the conclusion that if God is real, they do not want to serve Him. These people cannot reconcile the pain and suffering that exists in the world today with a loving God. Therefore, they ask the question, “What kind of God is He?” By examining the scriptures we want to answer this question.
Although the King James Translation simply says, “They watched Him,” there are a number of translations that say, “They watched Him closely.” In fact, there are a number of passages throughout the Gospels that mention how the Pharisees watched Jesus. The text before us lets us know their motive in doing this. The Bible says that they watched Him, “that they might accuse Him.” Later, the text mentions that they desired to destroy Him. The bottom line is that the Pharisees desperately wanted to find fault with Jesus. They did not like Him, and they wanted to destroy Him. In order to satisfy their hatred for Jesus the Pharisees watched Him closely that they might accuse Him. What a sad way to act toward someone! Let’s examine this attitude for a little while in order to make sure that we don’t develop it in our life.
To say that patience is a virtue is an understatement. Patience is a necessity to living the Christian life. Without patience a person will not be successful in enduring to the end. Anyone who lacks patience runs the risk of becoming unfaithful to God, and being lost eternally. We must not only have patience, we must cultivate it in our life so that it will grow and flourish. Patience is a key to fighting against spiritual burnout.
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