For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. – 2 Thessalonians 1:6-8
By what logic does God accomplish His purposes? What principles might be derived from biblical history and applied to our current situation? What in the world is God up to?
We may not know the specific answers to these questions, but we do have some truth to apply. For example, God always acts in holiness for His greatest glory. Whether or not we understand His actions is of secondary importance, though sometimes our understanding is hindered simply because we cannot see beyond our own selfish purposes. We also know that God hears the cries of His people. He does not ignore them. Neither is He incapable of hearing. He will ultimately punish those who persecute His church and He will give rest to those who are suffering for His Name’s sake. He may not act on our timetable, but He will act.
Ultimately, we may conclude that God is good, all the time, even though we may not understand or comprehend how the current experience could fit that equation.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. – Corrie Ten Boom
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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