Refining Grace

November 9, 2014 Download: Audio

Malachi 2:17-3:5

Three decades ago a book was published in response to the question: why do bad things happen to good people. This question is often asked by people as they contemplate the existence and nature of God. The reverse is, perhaps, equally perplexing: Why do good things happen to bad people?It lingers in the back of our minds as we gaze upon the edifices of power downtown and uptown, and at the immaculately landscaped country clubs. It taunts as we imagine the 10,000 square foot homes hidden behind gated communities, the luxurious private jets and yachts and islands. It makes us cynics when we hear of gang violence and illegal drug activity. It angers us when we see politicians skirt the law without ramifications and learn of the wealth of human traffickers. And it annoys us when we see a driver pass us 30 mph over the speed limit and make the green light while we (staying down at a healthy 10 mph over) have to wait at it.  Why do good things happen to bad people? Why do those who seem to corrupt and cripple our society prosper? Where is the God of justice?

God is coming. In the meantime, God is refining us. God’s refining grace leads to a godly legacy.