This is a real quick follow up of my last couple of blogs on suffering. I am on my way to a wedding in Seattle. Woo Hoo! Anyways... Why doesn't God save the day. In my studying last night I came across Matthew 13:24. I think it gives a little more insight. Now when you read this the "man" is God, we (ALL mankind) are the "wheat" and the "enemy" is well the enemy...Satan.
"Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed GOOD seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping , his enemy acme and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat spouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
"The owner's servants came to him and said 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?'
"'An enemy did this,' he replied.
The servant asked him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
"'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring into my barn.'" Matthew 13:24-30
Is that cool or what! God is not going to step in until ALL the "wheat" can be saved. He wants EVERYONE to have the opportunity to be brought in to His "barn". I also loves how in says the the enemy will be bound up and thrown into the fire. We should exercise our authority "to bind" while we wait for the final binding that God will exercise for eternity. If He came back now think of how many lost would remain lost. So we have to wait for God's time and trust that His time is the best time. We are all suffering on this fallen earth one way or another. But in our (as Christians) sufferings we have the benefit of God's grace. Exercise that! And instead think of those suffering without the benefit of knowing a loving, gracious God! God is GOOD. Lets let everyone know that!