Question:I am a believer in God. When you die something has
to happen. I believe I am going to see Him or Her for being a morally
sound family loving, good human. I have married for love and adopted
kids for love. I always have a job and I am a good dad. That's it,
right? I am a good person. Now here is my question: Why is it that
no matter how hard I try to provide for my family that I am always
struggling to get ahead? I've heard that God has a plan for all of
us. Could it be that my role is to be the toy that always gets thrown
a curve ball or the pawn that is always used to help someone other
than me? If this is the case, then please I pray for a signal, perhaps
a lightning bolt to remind me of my place.
God allows us to go through difficult
situations for a variety of reasons: to discipline us for sinning, to
keep us from sinning, for spiritual growth, for rejecting God, and for
God's glory. We would encourage you to read "Does
" and "Why
do bad things happen to God's people?
" But there is also another
reason. Read the following passages from the Bible.
The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked,
but He blesses the dwelling of the righteous. Proverbs 3:33 (NAS95S)
The LORD will not allow the righteous to hunger, but
He will reject the craving of the wicked. Proverbs 10:3 (NAS95S)
What the wicked fears will come upon him, but the desire
of the righteous will be granted. Proverbs 10:24 (NAS95S)
The hope of the righteous is gladness, but the expectation
of the wicked perishes. Proverbs 10:28 (NAS95S)
Notice the contrast between the "wicked" and the "righteous." The
wicked are not blessed as much as the righteous. So who is a wicked person?
All of us! We were all born wicked. We were all born as sinners into
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin
my mother conceived me. Ps 51:5 (NAS95S)
We may not like these statements but that does not change God's view
of us. We entered this world as sinners (Romans 5:8) and we have
proven that we are sinners by the fact that we do sin (James 1:13-16).
Unfortunately, it is obvious that God does not consider sinners to be
good people since He calls us sinners. Romans 3:12 summarizes the
truth that from a spiritual perspective we are spiritually bankrupt.
ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS;
THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.” Rom 3:12 (NAS95S)
When we think we have done something good we deceive ourselves. Yes,
we may think we have done something good from our perspective, but that
is not true from God's perspective. Our good deeds are not as
holy as God is holy. God is holy and we are not. Also, God refers to
our "good" deeds
as filthy rags.
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness
are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities,
like the wind, have taken us away. Isa 64:6 (KJV)
Being a morally decent, family loving, good, man who married for
love and who works hard to provide for his family is not the basis for
salvation. That will not gain us admission into heaven or favor with
God. God tells us that everyone has sinned (Romans 3:23). We cannot do
anything to earn our way into heaven or into God's favor. Listen
to Ephesians 2:8-9,
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and
that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works,
so that no one may boast. Eph 2:8-9 (NAS95S)
We entered this world as one who rejects God. We were not holy. We are
all wicked.This means that God is not spiritually blessing us as the
four passages above from Proverbs stated.
Now who are the righteous in the four verses above? The
answer is that a righteous man is one who believes in Jesus Christ and
obeys Him. God Himself, Jesus Christ, died a physical death on a cross
in order to forgive your sins and the sins of everyone else. Notice what
John the Baptist said about Jesus Christ in the following verse.
The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold,
the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29
This is where we must start if we desire to be righteous persons. A
righteous person is one who believes Jesus is God and has asked God to
forgive his or her sins and to start changing him or her. God wants
us to be sorry for all that we have done and to seek His forgiveness.
To do otherwise is to be arrogant and to tell God that we are holy and
He is wrong. Please read "Peace
will change your life if you ask to God to forgive your sins and take
over your life.
Conclusion:May God bless you as you study.