So if your God is so great, how come people who dont believe in him are so happy and so well off
These were the words my roomate asked me one night while we were studying for exams. She didn't mean it in a degrading, blasphemous or even rude way; She was a sweet girl and I know she was asking out of genuine curiosity. She was hindu and hadn't had much exposure to Christianity. In actuality, she hadn't heard of Adam, Eve and the whole Garden deal before meeting me.
At that second, I stared at her for a while. If she had asked me that question yesterday, an hour ago or even 5 minutes ago, I would have continued to stare blankly at her. Why? because this was a question I myself had pondered before. At school I saw atheists mock the name of God,whoever believed in him and then turn around and get straight A's on their exams. I had seen people who were not of God prosper within the land.
Wait! this sounds familiar...
I wasn't the only one to have ever felt this way. King David put this emotion into words when he said
"For I envied the proud when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness. They seem to live such a painless life; their bodies are so healthy and strong.They aren't troubled like other people or plagued with problems like everyone else. They wear pride like a jeweled necklace, and their clothing is woven of cruelty.These fat cats have everything their hearts could ever wish for! They scoff and speak only evil; in their pride they seek to crush others. They boast against the very heavens, and their words strut throughout the earth. And so the people are dismayed and confused, drinking in all their words.
Does God realize what is going on? they ask. Is the Most High even aware of what is happening?
Look at these arrogant people- enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply. Was it for nothing that I kept my heart pure and kept myself from doing wrong? All I get is trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain." (Psalm 73 vs 13- 14 NLT)
David, a man of God, ordained and anointed to be King by Prophet Samuel was living in caves underground while Saul was using every way known to try and kill him. Where was justice, where was God in this? one would ask.
But Praise God,David caught himself and thought of the goodness of God. Maybe he looked back at where he was before God chose him; a shepherd and the least among of his brethren. Maybe he remembered who stood next to him when he stood against Goliath. Maybe he thought of how he was destined to be King. Whatever he thought of was enough to encourage him and move on to say
"If I had really spoken this way, I would have been a traitor to your people. Then one day I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I thought about the destiny of the wicked. Their present life is only a dream that is gone when they awake.Then I realized how bitter I had become, how pained I had been by all I had seen...I was so foolish and ignorant- I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. Yet I still belong to you; you are holding my right hand... But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.(Psalm 73 vs 15- 28 NLT)
Just as David, encouraged himself in God, the Lord placed encouragement and the right words in my mouth. God placed an example in my heart and I said to my roommate
"If unknown to you, you were suppose to inherit a million dollars but I steal it from from you. Then instead of giving you the sum, I place $10,000 in your hands. You are going to be happy because you think it is a large sum of money but what you don't know is that you are entitled to something far much greater". The good things the world thinks it has right now and all it can accomplish "without Jesus" ( all good things come from the Lord) is nothing compared to what the devil is stealing from them. Can temporary satisfaction compare to eternal life?
That answer not only ministered to her, it ministered to my soul. I had held so much bitterness in my heart but by speaking with my roomie, God encouraged me. I knew who I was, a child of God who was going to see eternal life and reign forever with my King. Nothing this life could give me was worth a day in heaven.
"Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You"
Psalm 73 vs 25
....musings from atop the potters wheel