Lord, in your great mercies you did not make an end of your people or forsake them. Nehemiah 9:31
In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Colossians 1:3
My morning practice includes not only reading these verses from the Moravian Text email that I receive, but also reading a daily comics email to which I subscribe. In today’s comics Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbs fame, imagines himself as a giant destructive monster ready to squash a helpless colony of giant ants. At the last minute he has a change of heart, becomes a normal-sized boy, and decides not to squash an anthill on his next step. I wonder if we sometimes consider God to be nearly as capricious and unpredictable as a mischievous little boy.
We might think that he is unfair or fickle because bad things happen to good and bad people alike. Some success at whatever they put their hand on. Others struggle to make one good decision a year. An earthquake hits one place, a hurricane another, a volcano erupts in another part of the world, while weather, social condition, and general wellbeing flourishes in yet another place.
Truth is, we lose sight of our fallen condition and the just deserts of our sin. The world is in the strains of birth pains according to Romans 8. Things are not as God had created them to be. If God were to give us all our just deserts, we would be forever doomed and our world would have fallen apart long ago.
But God in his mercy does not put us to an end. He has not forsaken us. Rather, he put his Son to and end, and forsook him so that we might be saved. Now, in his fatherly divine goodness and mercy, God preserves us and provides for all our needs. For all this it is our duty to thank, praise, serve, and obey him. Today would be a good day to put that into practice. This is most certainly true.