Blessings and Curses

Posted on June 19th, by Vicky in Revelation 16:1-9. No Comments

A friend recently commented that she hates (yes, hates) it when someone says, “I’m so blessed.” She interprets this to mean, “God must like me better than the people in Sudan who are starving.”

Apparently, God can’t win with her. If he personally does not rain down food from heaven to feed the entire planet, he’s evil. If he chooses to bless some (knowing full well none of us deserve it), but not others, he’s evil. I get the idea she’s not real keen on God.

But on the surface, I can appreciate what she’s saying. I mean, why do some moms on the planet have to sell their families clothing in order to buy rice to fill their hungry children’s bellies, and then others need to send their children to “fat camp” summer after summer? It seems unjust. But from my perspective, many of the seemingly “unblessed” peoples of our planet are victims of the horrible weight of evil that’s being lorded over them. God isn’t causing it. I’m sure he mourns over it. And as for those who are “blessed,” I’m sure there are some who have that status absolutely by God’s intent. He does bless those who love and obey him. Sheesh. He’s God. If he wants to bless someone, have at it. But like the victims of evil, I suppose there are many who are “blessed” by proxy. They are simply the benefactors of the blessings bestowed on others. They didn’t earn it any more than the moms in Sudan asked to be oppressed.

But who’s going to sort out all of this? Who has the right to bless and to curse and decide what’s fair and put a limit on evil? The answer is obvious. Just as a truly loving parent doesn’t spoil his child by withholding discipline, scripture tells us that God disciplines those he loves. I understand that disciplining his own children (aka Christ followers) is different from pouring “bowls of wrath” out on hard hearted beast worshippers like the ones we see in Revelation 16, but I think the same core of God’s character shines through. He is motivated by love. His love motivates him to bless the undeserving and to judge fairly and thoroughly, regardless of the pain it may cause him in the process. God is good.

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