Pay attention: today’s chapter’s are huge theologically.
“You will succeed in whatever you choose to do, and light will shine on the road ahead of you. If people are in trouble and you say, ‘Help them,’ God will save them. Even sinners will be rescued; they will be rescued because your hands are pure.” 22:27-30
That’s a lovely verse, right? And a marvelous concept. Taken out of context, this is perfect! But this is being told to a man that has been described to us (by God) as blameless and upright (1:8), yet who has lost everything and been clobbered by more tragedy than anyone else recorded in the Bible. He sits there, side by side with a friend, who tells him if only you hadn’t sinned, things would’ve been perfect for you!
This is what we call prosperity gospel, and it is Christ-less. It promises good will and physical well-being, claiming that this is the will of God for everyone. It claims that God’s will is for us to be happy on earth. I have yet to read this anywhere in the Bible, unless Scripture is twisted and misused. As we often say on this blog, the Bible is a story. It is intended to be read and deeply studied in it’s context, and in it’s entirety, otherwise the verses like the one above, mislead us.
The true gospel is that even though we are completely undeserving and born into sin, our relationship with God is restored by the death and resurrection of his son Jesus.
Don’t slip into the mindset that good behavior will result in easy living, or earthly riches. Let’s stay humbled that we are even invited into relationship with Him and offered eternal life! Praise God who loves me perfectly, justly and sovereignly. May I remember this when I compare my life and circumstances to others, and obey him out of a deep reverence and love, not an extended, demanding hand.