“God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living. For he created all things so that they might exist; the generative forces of the world are wholesome, and there is no destructive poison in them, and the dominion of Hades is not on earth. For righteousness is immortal.” (Wisdom of Solomon 1:13 – 15)
If we could view the bible through this lens of understanding, I have to wonder what parts of the story of the Israelites/Judahites we might realize was based on faulty perceptions. Both what they thought the Divine was telling them and how they treated others. This verses from the Wisdom of Solomon sounds a lot like the message that Jesus Christ came with. And that he sought to teach his disciples.
“For God created us for incorruption, and made us in the image of his own eternity, but through the devil’s envy death entered the world, and those who belong to his company experience it.” (Chapter 2, verses 23 – 24)
However, the verses from chapter two are a reality check; that while humanity might have started out not corrupted, it did not take long for corruption and sin to sneak in. So we might ask, does humanity have a chance against the “devil” and the sin that crept in. And creeps in still?
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (Lamentations 3:22 – 24)
Again, the answer lies in Jesus Christ. The writer of Lamentations may lament the situation and environment that humanity finds it self. But all it not lost. In fact, under the guidance of Jesus Christ nothing of real lasting value is lost.
“The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. It is good for one to bear the yoke in youth, to sit alone in silence when the Lord has imposed it, to put one’s mouth to the dust (there may yet be hope), to give one’s cheek to the smiter, and be filled with insults.” (Verses 24 – 30)
Yes, life is hard. Just today, beloved reader, a situation arose where I had to hold tight and trust that the Lord God was guiding my way. I prayed, as my day started, that the Lord God would lead me through. It is good I prayed that then, because in the midst of the uncertainty that foundational prayer was my bedrock. And because that pray saw me through the day, I can sit here at my keyboard and testify that I can see where the Lord was with me.
“For the Lord will not reject forever. Although he causes grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not willingly afflict or grieve anyone.” (Verses 31 – 33)
I might still have some uncertainty in the days to come; in fact, knowing my capacity to worry and fret I might very well worry that I chose the best course for the day. But you know, even if I did not, the Lord will still be with me. That is a lesson that sustains me even through the darkest of times.
Some lessons are learned through grief and regret. Some of the hardest lessons are learned through grief and regret. But wherever one’s path takes them, and whatever choices have lead to that path, the Divine is there. Shalom & Selah!