Swallowing up the bad

I’m in a coffee shop studying for tomorrow’s lesson (we’re doing the life of Paul in the GAP class). Gene Getz, the author of the study Becoming a Catalyst; Insights into the Life of Paul, said this near the beginning of this lesson, when speaking of our natural, sinful prejudices:

For instance, in school the “jocks” hate the “geeks” (after all, their going to work for them all their adult lives . . .

Heh, heh. That joke’s been said numerous times and in many different ways, but for some reason that cracked me up.

And it also offers a deep insight into a truth that I’m probably too tired and busy to meditate much on right now, which is this: the course of your life today doesn’t necessarily dictate the course of your life tomorrow. I’ve known and observed so many students (and my own children) going through hard times that just consume them. While saying the words “oh, it will get better, you’ll see” often doesn’t really do the trick, it is so often true. And, in the life of a Christian, it is a rock solid truth, a guarantee. It will get better; maybe soon, maybe later, maybe upon your entrance into eternity. But the better, and the best, will swallow up the bad that is now. Be patient, and wait on the salvation of the Lord.

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;

you have loosed my sackcloth

and clothed me with gladness,

that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.

O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

– Psalm 30:11-12

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