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Murphy’s Law and Eternity

Have you heard of Murphy's Law? There are many versions, but the basic notion of Murphy’s Law is this: "If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong". Any Saturday mechanic, weekend repairman, or home owning handyman will have to admit that this Murphy, whoever he was, had pretty good insight. Skinned knuckles, stripped threads, broken parts, missing pieces, and malfunctioning equipment are a continuing testimony to the apparent accuracy of Murphy’s pessimistic view.

However, there's one realm where this 'law' is clearly not true. Paul wrote, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God" (Romans 8:28). This is a wonderful promise, and a great blessing. But note; it is only for "them that love God", and we know that love for God must be demonstrated by humble obedience. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments” (1 John 5:3). Those who will not fully surrender to Him need not expect this outcome in their lives.

But wait! Are we to believe that the life of a faithful Christian will be all roses; no troubles? No. Paul writes again, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution" (2 Tim. 3:12). Persecution is never a pleasant thing, but those who serve God are told to expect it. So, how can we reconcile these two statements from Paul?

The answer lies in our perspective; whether we view things temporally or eternally. Only when we are able to see the events of this life in relation to death, judgment, and eternity will we be ready to agree that "all things work together for good". Ultimately, anything that makes us more like God wants us to be — anything that prepares us for a home in heaven — is a good thing. Think!