“After these things and these acts of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah and encamped against the fortified cities, thinking to win them for himself.” -2 Chronicles 32:1
Sometimes, bad things happen to good people. [obviously, the very definition of “bad” and “good” can embroil people into countless hours of debates, but today, i’m not gonna go into that ;]
To me, this passage does destroy my previous notion of “conditional security”, the notion that you are “safe” when you “earn” it. However, that is not the case; King Hezekiah, even after pushing forward an entire nation to faithfulness and worship, still had the Assyrians invade his nation.
You can live for Christ and lose everything. You can live for Christ and lose your dignity, your ambitions, and even your life.
Though the chapter ends with a “happy ending”,.. Sometimes, there are no happy endings. You train for months and months, and yet, when it gets down to it, when the hatches open, you rush out,.. only to be shot in the face.
So, why is physical pain/loss/death such a “big tragedy”? Here’s the thing: This world fools you into thinking that what you see is all that you’ll get, and that there’s nothing more.
However, it is the unseen that is eternal. (“as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” -2 Cor 4:18). There’s more to it.
Even the soul will outlast time itself. Our very soul testifies eternity.
JC Ryle challenges all people, especially young men this: Are you living for your soul?
The Bible says to not fear what can kill the flesh [what we see] only. But rather, we are to fear what can kill the flesh AND the soul [what we don’t see]. No human being can do that both. Only God can completely kill both the seen and unseen. [ref. Matt 10:28]. Do you realize the implications of eternity and your soul and what awaits the soul in the light of judgment?
Here’s what we need to realize [this implies that you know the Gospel & you believe in Christ]:
- We’re not sovereign; God is the one in control.
- Read on the rest of the chapter of 2 Chronicles 32..
- Be Still
- Shut up and Stop whining (if you were whining..)
- Have faith
- “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” [1 Cor 16:13]
- Be strong, take heart, have faith.
- Look up; it’s not about “how you feel”, but “what you believe”?
Perish all my fond ambitions. All I sought or hoped or known.
Yet how rich is my condition!
God and heaven are still. my. own.
Happiest endings are what we don’t see yet.