- Many people suffer because of the actions of others, whether it be at individual actions, or Government actions/laws or Nation’s actions/laws. Be it genocide, mass starvation, disease, greed, or pollution, there are real consequences to sinful actions. Mankind has always been quick to blame others – even God – for his sins, failures, problems, sorrows, and frustrations. However, this blame is altogether misplaced, since the Bible clearly explains that our problems stem from us – from our own sins, pride, greed and lust. Pride is the root of all sin, and the one that God especially despises. Not only man, in his pride, is guilty of disobeying God’s commands, but he is guilty of changing the commandments of God by putting himself over the authority of the Bible. Pro 14:12 says, “There is a way that seems right to man, but its end is the way of death”. We live in a universe of cause and effect that God has established by His Word. Not only is that true in a physical sense, its spiritual ramifications are devastating. The end result of sin, if left unchecked, leads to suffering, pain, death, and eventually complete destruction. The more the world isolates away from God and His Word, the more evil it will become and sin will multiply. There are two sides to sin, one we have to face the God’s punishment for sin and the other we have to face the consequences of the sin. Everyone of us are equally guilty of sin before God, as Jesus reminds us in Luke 13:3. It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed (Lam 3:22). There is a way to live that leads to long lasting peace and happiness. However, to achieve such results, like the city of Nineveh, we must collectively turn to the God of the Bible and repent of breaking His laws. God’s compassion is accentuated in providing His Son Jesus Christ as a propitiation for our sins. Christ endured the wrath of God for His people, by making payment for their sins by shedding His own blood and made provision to the eternal life.
Rom 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”
Luke 13:1-5 “There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 4Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
Lam 3:22-24 “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not 23They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness”
Rom 3:23-25 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
- The God of All Comfort; Who Comforteth Us in ALL our Tribulation – The various evils affecting our planet today such as, murder, robbery, theft, kidnapping, rape, deceit, or any other sin, all have devastating effects not only on the ‘sinner’ but on society at large. God’s Elect are also effected by the natural and man made disasters. God allows or disallows disasters according to his divine plan, and uses sinful intentions of men for the greater good of His Elect, as he works in their lives. The ultimate good God looks at is the eternal Glory He gives for His Children. In the process He draws them and molds them into likeness of Christ through various events and chastisements. For one thing, such events shake our confidence in this life and force us to think about eternity. They remind us how fragile and temporal this life is and drive us to God. They help us to set our eyes on things above. God’s mercy manifests itself along with the comfort< that God alone abundantly supplies to His children, in turn they can comfort others, as 2 Cor 1:3-4 affirms. And the means of mercy and comfort is found in the Scriptures as we learn from Rom 15:4. So the believer in Christ can have the utmost confidence and comfort on his death bed or in a death of a loved one, that they would be with the Lord the moment they close their eyes, as Php 1:20-21, 2 Cor 5:6-8 and 1 Pet 1:3 acknowledges. Only when Christ returns will the new heavens and the new earth be established (Rev 21:1). In this new earth and in the new heavens, “[God] will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev 21:4).
2 Cor 1:3-4 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
Rom 15:4 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
Job 2:9-10 “Then said his [Job] wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die. 10But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.”
Php 1:20-21 “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
2 Cor 5:6-8 “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7(For we walk by faith, not by sight🙂 8We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
1 Cor 15:16-22 “For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 20But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”
1 Pet 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively [or living] hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”
1 The 4:13-18 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
Rom 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
1 Cor 2:9 “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.