Dr. Russell Moore – We can’t see the script of our lives ahead of time

Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. ~ Proverbs 4:26

From Dr. Russell Moore’s blog:

In a media-driven era, it is easy for us to think of our lives as a series of separate episodes, each compartmentalized from the other. But this isn’t unique to us. The Christian story tells us that, from the very beginning, the curse of sin holds people in an illusion that actions don’t have consequences precisely because those consequences aren’t immediate.

When the primeval woman doesn’t drop dead after chewing the fruit, she probably assumes the serpent was right: “You will not surely die.” The Apostle Peter warns us that it is easy to assume that, because the appearing of Christ has been delayed for then decades, now millennia, that this means history will continue along as normal (2 Pet. 3:1-13). And virtually every page of the Scripture addresses the truth that it seems, in the short run, that the wicked prosper and the righteous suffer.

But we are looking at too small a narrative arc. We want to reckon the Lord, and the consequences of our actions, as slow “as some count slowness” (2 Pet. 3:9) rather than seeing the vast cosmic drama in which we are but a mist. Because we hide our sin, we assume it is forever hidden. Or, because we don’t see the glory of God about us, we assume we’ve been forgotten.

We can’t see the script of our lives ahead of time. We can’t see which consequences come with which actions. It is hard enough to see the consequences in this life for our actions, much less those in eternity. But we see the gospel. We see that Jesus has indeed been raised from the dead, and, therefore, our inheritance is sure. We see that judgment has fallen on him, and, therefore, God’s justice is sure. As Paul writes: “God is not mocked, whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Gal. 6:7).

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