FROM THE PULPIT
Weekly Religious Article
Edward Proffitt, Th.D.
IT,S GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT
"sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily" Ecclesiastes 8:11
Edward Proffitt, Th.D.
A few years back there was an Amtrack crash that occurred in Maryland.
In that accident, the Amtrak engineer was smoking marijuana and drinking.
as a result, he allowed his passenger train to collide with a freight train. In the
collision many people were either seriously injured or killed. The engineer
served 5 years and set free. In Kentucky, a drunk driver hit a church activity
bus head on. the fuel tank ruptured. 27 mostly teenagers,, were burned to death.
The drunk driver served nine years and was set free.
These are horrible incidents. And in each case it seems like the innocent suffered
the greater trial. But life is like that sometimes. There are times it seems trouble
comes to those who ought to be enjoying life. That is the problem the writer of
Ecclesiastes is dealing with. Even thou we see injustice to people we don't think
it should. And even though some of you may be in that dilemma right now, I want
to tell you and show you from God's Word EVERTINGS GONNA BE ALLRIGHT.
No matter how it looks now, everything's gonna be all right. Let's look into the Bible
to answer that.
FIRST. LET'S LOOK AT THE PROBLEM THAT BOTHERS US. That problem is
age old, (WHY DO RIGHTOUS SUFFER WHILE THE WICDKED PROSPER).
The bible tells us that, "A sinner does evils a100 times and his days be prolonged"
(Ecclesiastes 8:12). That is the problem the Ecclesiastic Preacher experienced, "there are just men to whom happens according to the work of the wicked" (v14). That question, the righteous suffer and wicked prosper is dealt with many times in the bible, it is the focus of the book of JOB. Job's friends concluded that the righteous do not suffer. Their conclusion: Job's trials were the result of Job's sin.
Many people still have that opinion, that suffering is because of sin. In fact that
serving God brings exemption from trials, has caused many suffering saints to
become disillusioned to the point of quit serving the Lord. But let me make it clear;
serving the Lord does bring with it many benefits, If you are saved, you are
shareholder of a whole list of benefits, just a few: Salvation, forgiveness of sin,
home in heaven, presence of God, promise of His help, provision, etc. However
most of God's benefits are spiritual in nature and most of our trials happen in the
physical realm. That is why we so often have problem's accepting things that come
And if we aren't careful, when trials begin to multiply, we can come to the same
conclusion of the Ecclesiastic preacher, "Vanity of vanities...all is vanity"
(Ecclesiastes 1:2). If we aren't careful we could come to think that all of life, even
the reward of living for God are a waste of time.
SECOND. NOW LETS THING UPON THE PROMISE THAT BLESSES US. The
Ecclesiastical preacher goes on to tell us some good stuff. He says even thou the
wicked seem to prosper and the righteous seems burdened, but he says things will
eventually work out for those who love the Lord. Troubles hit us like a ton of bricks.
They knock us down, causing us injury. But God can bring great gain into our lives
through burdens and trials. That is why I can tell you that EVERYTHINGS GONNA
BE ALL RIGHT.
It may look bad right now, but in the end things are going to work out for:
***We can be sure of Romans 8:28 (READ).
***We can be sure of 2 Corinthians 4:17 (READ).
***We can be sure of Jeremiah 29:11 (READ).
In closing let me ask a question. If you are having trials, where are they leading you? Are you allowing God with faith, believing that:
EVERYTHINGS GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT? It is biblical and it will be ALRIGHT!
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