BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the Day
© John Denney 2 February 2004
I don’t know if it’s the time of year, but everything seems to be gloomy and depressing at present. There are relatively trivial things like Leicester City’s dismal 5-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa on Saturday. But other issues are much more serious: genuinely matters of life and death, in some cases. For example:
What does God say about all this? Where is He in the scheme of things?
Well, as far as situations caused by people are concerned, we have our wilfulness and sinfulness to blame. Isaiah the prophet said We're all like sheep who've wandered off and got lost. We've all done our own thing, gone our own way.[*] In other words, we’re all rebels against God’s plan for how we should live, and we can expect man-made disaster. We’re stewing in our own juice.
But God loves the world He created, and He loves the people he created in His own image.[†] So there is good news to counter the despondency. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.[‡] That means that in the long term, our life here on earth is just a tiny moment. It means that justice will finally be done; people will get their just desserts, whether that is a punishment or a reward. Reward is better. Agree?