Reaping the Whirlwind

He builds his house like a moth’s, like a booth that a watchman makes. He goes to bed rich, but will do so no more; he opens his eyes, and his wealth is gone. Terrors overtake him like a flood; in the night a whirlwind carries him off. The east wind lifts him up and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place. It hurls at him without pity; he flees from its power in headlong flight. It claps its hands at him and hisses at him from its place.
Job 27:18–23
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Reaping the Whirlwind

There is a sadistic satisfaction we get when we see someone “reaping the whirlwind,” which is to say suffering from their own choices.  It gives us a sense of moral superiority.  They are getting what they deserve we tell ourselves.  If we are honest with ourselves, we would admit that part of the reason we want to be here on earth when Jesus comes back is to see the face on all those people who mocked and laughed at us for our faith. Who’s laughing now? Job is correct in is assertion that the wicked certainly will suffer from their unrepentant sins, but not necessarily in this life.  And we thank God that He is a loving God and does not treat us as we would treat others.  God does not delight in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11).  He desires all to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). This is never more evident that when we gaze at the cross.  There we are given a picture of the extent of God’s love for us.  He desires us to have life with Him so much, that He sacrificed His only Son so we could.  We don’t deserve the gifts we have been given, yet God still gives them freely.  His love and forgiveness in Christ set us free to love Him and our neighbor.  Therefore, we share the Good News with all those God places in our lives and pray for the unrepentant, that they might see the errors of their ways and turn back to God. We plant seed of faith so that the Holy Spirit might make them grow. We see in our fallen neighbor a picture of ourselves before the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and we pray Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.  
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